I’m a 21 year old with two hard working parents and an older brother. My family sacrifices a lot so that I can make my dreams come true and study at college.
And then there is the now infamous college admissions scandal where wealthy parents bribed and cheated their kids into elite schools.
This angers me. These spoiled kids are complaining about never really wanting to go to college to study and advance in life. They’d rather drink, get high and who knows what else. But they steal and destroy other people’s chance for a better life.
This goes on while I am barely able to attend college because apparently my parents “make too much money.”
But believe me. They don’t.
My reality is this: my mom has no job because she was injured on duty and has yet to find a new job willing to accommodate her.
My father works nights driving trucks, barely making enough for us to afford a two bedroom, one bath apartment in overpriced and over-hyped California.
Last year I qualified for a fee waiver allowing me to study, but this year because my dad got a small but well-deserved raise, the waiver was yanked out of my hands and I struggled to be able to study this semester.
And while I try to scrape together the money to attend Orange Coast College, these Hollywood actresses, business leaders and elite college coaches believe their status entitles them.
While these parents were met with backlash — and rightfully so — there was some support toward their actions. There was one comment that struck a chord with me.
“That a parent’s zeal for her children’s future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon.” playwright David Mamet said.
That is completely unacceptable.
If these people truly cared for their children, they would have given them the tools to succeed, such as tutors.
Cheating to get them into a good college was setting them up for failure.