By: Ciarra Maraj
News broke yesterday that more than 50 people have been indicted on charges related to a college admissions scandal. Hollywood stars, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, are amongst those who allegedly bribed college coaches and SAT/ACT administrators to accept their children in the school of their choice.
Everyone’s talking about the shock value of “Aunt Becky” doing such a thing. But, no one is talking about the deeper issue at hand.
College admissions is one of the most gratifying achievements for a student wanting to expand their education. High school seniors and juniors are putting in extra work on the daily to prepare for the next level. They have their sights on college and are doing everything they can to make it happen. To go the extra mile, some students are even spending hundreds of dollars on tutoring sessions, books, and other materials for the SATs/ACTs.
The college process is intensive, hurtful, and gratifying all at the same time. Now, can you imagine going through that? Only to hear that rich parents paid their children’s way to skip all of the essays, interviews, and exams?
Bullshit. The heartbreak of not getting into the school you really wanted to, going through the process to appeal that decision. This is a slap in the face.
The very system that was designed to give everyone a fair enough chance turned out to be greedy AF. I mean, as if taking the SAT/ACT isn’t expensive enough.
There is no reason to pay your kids way through the admissions process. Especially when they don’t even want to go to college in the first place. The point is, there are people who actually want to go but can’t.
There are people who have worked extremely hard to sit in the neighboring seat that your child would’ve wasted.
College isn’t for everyone hon. Not to mention, it’s definitely not worth a half a million for guaranteed admission, that’s not even guaranteed. Womp womp.
Aunt Becky, you should be ashamed of yourselves.