As an incoming freshman, you might hear around campus, “Get involved” or “If you join an organization your experience will be better.” But my question is: is it even possible to get an opportunity?

Many students have talked about how political some organizations go about how they pick members and affiliates. After current events that I myself went through, I have to question just how deep these politics run.

In recent weeks, there was the Mr. AWS pageant that was hosted by the lovely women of AWS. Many applications including my own were put forward to compete in the pageant. Of that number, only a few were selected with no answers or advice on how to improve and possibly be a part of the pageant next year for those who fell short.

After talking with La’Tavia Roberts about her selection prices and requirements, she stated “There were none, we just picked who we wanted.” Is this fair to students who actually want to participate but can’t because they don’t know the right people or aren’t in any organizations?

After that, I later found out that there were originally seven contestants, though only four would ultimately participate. Could they have not been replaced? In some situations and scenarios, some students might be more qualified for a position in an organization, but can be overlooked because of their looks, who they know, and even because blatant favoritism is shown a lot. This needs to change. How can we be The Southern University A&M College if everybody can’t have a chance to show what they have to offer?

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