My experience choosing a college was molded not just by my academic ambition, but by my desire to pursue Division I collegiate rowing. However, it took me until this year to feel proud enough to tell classmates that I was recruited. Agrawal’s op-ed, published earlier this week, reflects a problematic misunderstanding of the value of high-level sports which perpetuates the dismissiveness toward student-athletes at Columbia.
Recruiting is not just dependent on pure athletic ability. Colleges look for student-athletes. Recruits get these coveted spots because of their personal attributes that coaches believe will benefit their respective school. Student-athletes must meet rigorous standards. Recruiting is about enriching school character, not just “chasing a title.”
By getting rid of recruiting and varsity sports, as Agrawal suggests in his piece,