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How did students pitch themselves to colleges after last year’s affirmative action ruling?

The Hechinger Report

College application essays have become more crucial after the Supreme Court banned race consideration in admissions. Data shows a decrease in identity-related phrases in essays from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The Hechinger Report analyzed over 50 essays from accepted students, revealing diverse approaches to self-presentation. Some students chose to highlight their racial identity, others their socioeconomic struggles, and some their personal growth through unique experiences. Despite initial concerns, many found that honesty about their identities and experiences led to successful admissions.

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