Originally written in grade 12 English class.

Youth form their lifelong convictions while at university or college. Though these used to be the domain of white men, we now find students of all walks of life. This does not mean that universities are no longer racist.

Although Queen's University's Student Code of Conduct[1] prohibits students from engaging in the basest form of collectivism—racism—, its registrar actively practices it. In the name of "diversity", Queen's University[2] proudly strives to make the racial makeup of its students and staff as diverse as possible. Rather than admitting students solely on ability, Queen's University makes race a factor with a separate admissions process for First Nations applicants.

To increase diversity, Queen's University bestows bursaries exclusive to members of First Nations and of "visible minorities". These bursaries are part of the provincial government's $26.4 million investment in Aboriginal post-secondary education in 2009–2010.[3] Rather than paying for my tuition, my parents' and my own hard-earned money is forcefully expropriated by the government to pay for another student's tuition, simply because his ancestors came from a certain area.

All of these policies ignore that, as a volitional being, man chooses his convictions and the extent to which he'll develop his ability. Race place no role in his academic standing. Bar the subjective nature of many evaluations in high schools today, his academic standing is entirely within his control. That universities ignore this destroys youths' conception of responsibility and teaches them that the group they belongs to is more important than their own ability, convictions and actions.

I urge universities to abandon their collectivist policies and to embrace individualism before today's collectivist trends worsen. Every man is a self-made man and deserves to be treated as such.

1. Queen's University Student Code of Conduct, http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/senate/policies/code2008.pdf.

2. I used Queen's University as an example simply because, as one of their students, I am most familiar with their policies. Any other major Canadian university could easily have been used. York University, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, McGill University are but a handful of the numerous Canadian universities that engage in these discriminatory practices.

3. Helping Aboriginal Students Succeed, Queen's University News Center, 2010-01-22, http://www.queensu.ca/news/articles/helping-aboriginal-students-succeed .