by Caroline Brandon
Lately, the Time Hop app has reminded me of the excitement of my senior year of high school. Applying to college was the next step in determining my future, and while I felt a little nervous about what the next four years of my life would bring, I knew it would prove an adventure. It was about this time of year when I had completed the application process and anxiously waited to hear back from my prospective schools.
The application process for graduate school has proven quite the opposite experience. Rather than feeling confident in my academic and leadership achievements, I find myself questioning whether my grades will be good enough; if my extracurricular activities will make me stand out amongst a competitive field of applicants; or if my standardized test scores will be high enough.
This brings me to the center of my argument and my main gripe with the process—standardized tests. I believe they are one of the least effective ways to measure a person’s intelligence and potential. The Graduate Record Examination, or more commonly known as the GRE, is no exception to this.