I was always told that diversity a good thing for this country. I also hear that schools should admit students based on merit. As an Asian student, I can't help wondering how best to navigate the various schools admissions criteria. In the K-12 magnet school system here in Los Angeles, I've been told that it is more advantageous to identifying myself as being "white" to gain a spot in the highly coveted magnet schools. Now, I read that to apply to college, Asian students who have an option to identify themselves at either "white", "other", or "Asian," should avoid the "Asian" option to give themselves a better chance of being admitted to elite colleges. This is because apparently, Asian students are victims of being too successful academically. http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-12-03/asian-students-college-applications/51620236/1
In a few years, I'll be applying to college. As an Asian student with an Asian sounding last name, who is not a super academic performer, and not an athlete, what ethnic box should I check on the college applications?