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The 8th period Government class at Brooklyn Collaborative are advocating for Saturday swipes on high school students metrocards. One of the main reasons for this need is to help students to engage in more extracurricular activities. Most extracurriculars involves practice over the weekend and not being able to afford transportation to get there might be a huge barrier for a lot of students abstaining from doing so. This is a huge concern because extracurriculars also play a part when you apply to colleges. Most college applications ask about your activities. That’s because the things you do in your free time reveal a lot about you — in ways that grades and test scores can’t. Your accomplishments outside the classroom show what you’re passionate about and that you have qualities valued by colleges. Not being able to indulge in these activities because the lack of funding to transport students to these activity sites concerns us a great lot. No one should be limited or suppressed to having access to these activities in order to express themselves beyond an academic level because of something they cannot control. The education system here is set up in such a way that students need certain requirements to be admitted in environments to further their studies but not enough resources to do so. We believe this is an opportunity to help break that barrier. However, some people may argue that there is a possibility of students using these swipes for reasons other than what it is intended for. But it is not equitable to disregards all these other valid reasonings on ways in which saturday swipes on student metrocards can benefit students based on hypothetical situations.
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