As a student here at UT Austin, I feel the importance of a diverse population. I myself am Guatemalan, and my roommate is Nigerian. He has enlightened me with life in Nigeria that I would not have known otherwise, along with issues and values they have. This is the kind of diversity the university should have, and that the affirmative action policy allows (not to say either of us were admitted based on race). If in the event that it were to be eliminated, there would be no approach to differentiate students with similar test scores and grades and therefore would not be able to pick students that have different values to bring to the university. This would then cause white students to be overwhelmingly chosen as they generally have more resources and opportunities. Affirmative action doesn't allow for incapable students to be admitted over better qualified students, but rather gives an edge to minorities for both the minorities' needs and university's needs.
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