UNITED STATES—Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve heard about the college admissions scandal that has taken the world by surprise. Yes, hearing some of the names involved in the scandal was a slight shock, but I can’t say I’m surprised to hear such things have transpired. If you have money, you have power, and a lot of people use that power to get what they want. There have been rumblings for years about the wealthy utilizing their prestige and money to get their children into top elite universities across the country.
The difference now is that we have concrete evidence and proof to back up what has been going on at some of the largest and most prominent universities across the country. My biggest concern is what about those who never get the shot at college even though they’ve worked their tails off to try to make things happen. Applying for college is stressful enough, even worse is waiting to hear if you got accepted into those colleges of choice. I mean the admissions process is chaotic for many high schoolers, and you don’t quite know precisely what got you accepted into a university versus what was the nail in the coffin for you.
Yes, you take the ACT or the SAT or both to qualify for the admissions process for college. I mean hearing that parents came up with ruses, paid people to take exams and corrected wrong answers to improve their child’s chances is sickening. You’re basically saying you don’t trust your child’s ability to do their best. I totally get the pressure of wanting to impress your parents and to live up to their legacy, but at one cost? Does the child have to feel inferior, not good enough? I mean if you’re willing to cheat on an exam, fix scores, pay people off, the list goes on and on.
This entire scandal feels like a pay to play ploy and that is just as worse. It simply notes those with money have the opportunity to take spots from those who have perhaps earned their spot into the university or school of their choice. This entire scandal is going to impact the college admissions process in a major way. I don’t know precisely how right at the moment, but I know changes are coming. There is NO WAY someone can tell me that some of the schools involved had no idea. Money in some sort of fashion had to be passed through various hands for these students to be accepted.
It just raises the question of fairness in this country. We want to believe that everyone is morally correct and doing the right thing behind closed doors, but we know that not to be true. We know judges can sway a verdict in the way they want if the price tag falls within their ballpark. Of course, no one wants to hear it, but the legal system has loopholes, just as much as admissions when it comes to getting into undergraduate and graduate school.
Heck, Lori Loughlin’s daughter bragged via social media she wasn’t even interested in college, she just wanted to party. I mean if the allegations are true, her parents paid over $500,000 to get their daughters into school. There are plenty of parents who donate to universities and through those donations we know in the back of our minds it has an impact on potential admissions of their children or family members down the line.