Most parents dream of sending their children to college in hopes of encouraging them to find their own way and a career. Usually, through grades, test scores, or a sport do some of the best college-bound children find their way into the most prestigious and elite colleges, which means they WORK for it.
However, that’s not the case if your parents have fame, money, and fortune. They seem to have another way of getting their children into college and it’s not based on their grades or talents, but on their money. Yep, they bribe college officials, coaches, and even test proctors to get their kids into the finest and most elite colleges.
Well, it’s all coming to an end now. It seems that the FBI has caught up to and arrested Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin charging them with their role in all of this. Along with 49 other people, they have spent upwards of ~$25M in bribes in order to get their kids into these prestigious colleges. Story here, here, and some funny tweets here.
Rant in my Spirit:
Listen, Aunt Becky and Lynette…
I have one question. Why?
Is it b/c you can? Is it b/c you don’t think your kids are bright, smart, or talented enough to get there themselves?
Here’s my thing tho…
Y’all are out here bribing school officials, coaches, and proctors to admit your kids to these schools. Using money… cash, check, bitcoins, whatever to pay for guaranteed college admissions while other students are rejected!!
Test scores, the kid’s participation in sports that they don’t even play, using photoshop to fudge pictures, and having test proctors change answers on standardized tests… all lies! According to the Insider, “Officials said Singer and his associates would sometimes fabricate athletic profiles for the students, in some cases using photo-editing software to put a student’s face on an athlete’s body.“
According to the Insider, “The US Attorney’s Office in Boston said the parents each paid $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee the admissions.” If that’s not entitlement and privilege at the highest level… I don’t know what is.
On the flipside, regular people out here mad and upset, rightfully so, that their kid didn’t make it into XYZ University and it’s b/c rich people are out here being dirty and underhanded guaranteeing their undeserving kid in spots they didn’t earn!
The article stated, “For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected,’ Lelling said.” I mean, these kids are taking up spots for other children that actually WORKED hard to get accepted into those same schools, but are then waitlisted and eventually bumped from those waiting lists.
Like, this is CRAZY to me!
This screams that you don’t trust your children’s talent or grades. As if, you know your children aren’t worthy of that stolen place in XYZ University… and they aren’t!!! Here is an example of one of the prospective students whose mother paid to have an official fudge his test scores.
Another example: Lori Laughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, said, “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” she shared with her nearly 2 million [Youtube] subscribers… “…but I do want the experience of like game days, partying… I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
Like, really? She deserves a spot at XYZ University, but Amelia Marjorie James with a 4.3GPA, extracurricular activities out the ying-yang, volunteers every weekend, in AP classes, and tutors before school every morning and a part-time job doesn’t? *roll eyes*
Please note: The kids were not involved and most had no idea that this was happening. Schools involved were Yale, UCLA, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, and Wake Forest to name a few. This scam spanned a decade. Source here.
Word of Advice:
First, I’m happy that the college admission ring got busted! I’m elated b/c nothing about this is right or fair.
I know the excitement of looking for the mail every day after being put on a waitlist. Looking at the mailed envelope before opening it, knowing that if it was a big envelope, then you got accepted. If it was regular mail, you were rejected.
As one of those kids that busted her ass to get into college (back in 1999) and was waitlisted before entry into my top choice, I know how those students must feel to not know whether they got accepted into the school of their dreams.
Back then, it wasn’t about parents paying for spots in these schools, however, in this day and age, it’s b/c of entitled, spoiled, bratty rich kids who don’t deserve it and their parents who don’t care about hard work or earning anything.
You know… People love to blame affirmative action for the reason why their child didn’t get into college, but they fail to realize that it’s their own parents’ sense of entitlement and money that got their kids into those schools. Not their kid’s grades, talent, or test scores.
Finally, these same spoiled, bratty, and entitled rich kids that get everything they want and live a lavish lifestyle eventually turn into adults with the same shitty attitudes. If they weasel their way into elite schools, then they will do that all throughout their life b/c they feel like they can… and it won’t stop there.
By the FBI stopping this scam, charging everyone involved, and seeing their parents endure the stress of the federal court system… hopefully, they will realize that their parents were WRONG, but also that doing the right thing applies to them too. They aren’t exempt from justice.