Student, Westwood High School, Class of 2016,
This type of question always get a bad rep at my school for a couple of reasons. First, the stress level and competition at my school is the highest in Austin, and the number of transfer students out of the school are always pointed at more heavily than the ones that transfer in. Second, there seems to be a misconception that the Asian community, the root cause of the competition problem, rules the school. Both these reasons are false of course. The reason for my four eyar stay is evidence. I truly appreciate the tight knit, driven community the competition has created. Although GPA and test scores seem to matter irrationally much to many, the typical student isn't afraid to speak out when confused, makes an effort to engage in topics of discussion during class, and is socially aware of controversial problems like derogatory language. Contrary to popular belief, the typical person isn't of the Asian race, but rather someone from a family that appreciates the genuine resources Westwood offers, like high level courses and very gifted teachers. We're high-end achievers, always seeking to improve and never looking back. That, in my opinion, is one of the best characteristics any student can possess.