Chokalingam writes about his experience as a junior in the University of Chicago while he promotes his book on a website. He remembers that his grade or his MCAT were not good enough to be possibly accepted to a medical school.
He went on to explain that his GPA was 3.1 and a score of 31 on the MCAT ranking at 80-85 percentile for the test. “Still, I was determined to become a doctor and I knew that admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say… less stringent?” he said.
This made him decide to change his look by making himself appear as a black American. Besides that, he entered an organization for black students. “My change in appearance was so startling that my own fraternity brothers didn’t recognize me at first,” he added.
Chokalingam says surprisingly he was like one of those competitors at schools like Harvard, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Pennsylvania, Case Western and Columbia which he said is unbelievable since he only had a 3.1 GPA.
Although he admitted that he did encounter some unexpected outcome from his little scheme. “Cops harassed me,” he said. “Store clerks accused me of shoplifting. Women were either scared of me or couldn’t keep their hands off me. What started as a devious ploy to gain admission to medical school turned into twisted social experiment.”
It was not altogether mentioned if Chokalingam have only applied to schools as black since he did not include in his statements if he was refused when he applied under his real identity.
In the long run, Chokalingam applied to the UCLA Anderson School of Management under his real name and race and was accepted. He finished school in 2010 and is now a published author and works as a “professional resume writer, interview coach and graduate school application consultant.”
Chokalingam will push against what he calls “system of legalized racism” in higher education.
“I hope the story of my experiences will be a catalyst for social change and opposition to affirmative action racism,” he wrote.