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More Than a Number

By Shoshana Pollack in Opinion & Politics

No, I don’t talk about my SAT scores. And no, that’s not because I’m ashamed of them. I’m actually completely comfortable with what I got. But I still don’t share my scores, for a number of reasons.

For one thing, what I got on the SAT’s is absolutely no ones business but my own. If someone chooses to tell me what they got, that’s ok. But I won’t return the favor. I don’t need any more of a reason for that than because I don’t want to. I don’t need to justify myself. It has nothing to do with who asks me, or how much I trust them. It’s nothing personal. It’s just a choice I’ve made.

Luckily, I do have more of a reason than that. For one thing, talking about scores cannot cause anything but problems. No matter if I did better or worse than the person in question, someone comes out feeling bad. I told a few friends how i did, and one of them started crying. See, problems. It’s just not worth it.

Aside from the problems it causes, it adds to the die hard competitive spirit Fariview already has. Though some people might consider this a good thing, I actually think it’s one of the schools biggest weaknesses. Though many believe it motivates students to do their best (and i’m not saying this isn’t true for some people,) for others it just creates the impression that they’re not good enough.

Most importantly, I’m sick of being a number. I don’t want to be judged by how well I did on some standardized test. There’s a lot more to me than that. And if I’m not just a number, I don’t see why it should matter to anyone, other than the colleges that I’m applying to, what I got on the SAT’s.

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