I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for summer, to not have to worry about school or studying at all. I cannot wait to listen to music in the summer and make insta captions with the lyrics. Here are some songs I’m excited to listen to in the summer, enjoy!
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This isn't a list of all the Thank Yous. But here are just a few.
Thank you for...
1. Looking out for me.
2. Cooking when I don't feel like it.
3. ALWAYS being the driver.
4. Dealing with my cold hands and feet.
5. Watching "This Is Us" and crying with me.
6. Telling me what I NEED to hear, not what I want to hear.
7. Making me laugh till I cry.
8. Going on hiking adventures with me (and my dog).
9. Making me feel safe.
10. Being invested in my family like it's your own.
11. Calming me down when I have anxiety.
12. Taking me out on dates.
13. Going on vacations with me.
14. Playing COD with me even though I'm not the best.
15. Playing Super Smash Brothers with me even though I can beat you every time.
16. Letting me cuddle you in the middle of the summer even though you get really hot.
17. Listening to me rant about sorority stuff that you don't care about.
18. Pushing me to do my best at the gym.
19. Doing all my car maintenance.
20. Teaching me new hobbies like motorcycle riding and shooting guns.
21. Being my #1 supporter.
22. Being lazy with me.
23. Always putting the toilet seat down.
24. Comforting me when I cry for no reason.
25. Playing with my hair.
26. Holding my hair when I had a little too much to drink.
27. Being patient when I have to do my hair and makeup.
28. Dealing with all the memes and videos I send you throughout the day.
29. Loving my dog like she's your own.
30. Being my ride or die.
Yesterday news broke regarding the nation's largest college admission scandal to date. Nearly 50 individuals were involved in the incident, including parents, college administrators, coaches, and exam proctors. The misconduct included cheating on standardized tests, bribery, and efforts to have non-athletic students admitted as athletes.
Let's break this down because this story is wild.
FIRST OF ALL, are we even shocked? I for one was waiting for something like this to happen because it was only a matter of time before these fools got caught. Let's be real. Your child has never been an extreme athlete, why would anyone believe your child is suddenly the star of the team? I guess when your parents pay $500,000 to be accepted to USC, it's a little easier to overlook the fact that you have no athletic capability.
Among those involved, most notably has been actresses Full House actress Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewife actress Felicity Huffman, as well as Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade. Although the scandal involves numerous families and college admins, the efforts to conceal the crime along with the attitudes held regarding the situation shed light on the notion that wealthy American families can lie and cheat their way to additional privilege.
Now, I understand some inequality is inevitable, and some people are just simply lucky to be who they are. Still, what gives you the right to take an opportunity away from a well deserving student who worked hard to earn their admission and paid the appropriate amount to attend?
In 2018, Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade disclosed on her Youtube Channel her opinions of college and education altogether. She said, "I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend ... I do want the experience of like game days, partying … I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." As a YouTuber with nearly 2 million subscribers, Olivia Jade has made a name for herself, aside from her mother's fame. In fact, Olivia earns a profit from advertising and promoting school-related brand products, including being teamed up with Direct Smile Club and Amazon Student.
The YouTube star may be a hardworking social media star, but her work as a student did not earn her a spot into USC. In order to gain admission to USC, Loughlin bribed recruiters from the USC rowing team paying up to half a million dollars. Additionally, Loughlin sent pictures of her daughter on a rowing machine to college officials, since Olivia had never competed in the sport herself. Some families even photoshopped their kids' faces on the bodies of legitimate student-athletes in order to deceive doubters.
Following the scandal, talks of criminalizing wrongdoers, firing college staff involved, and possibly expelling those students aware of the scandal have circulated. And here's where my opinion matters. As a POC and a student at UCLA, I am appalled by the entitlement and arrogance of these individuals. I'm sorry, but if someone will be criminalized for lying about their zip code in hopes of their child attending a better school, then anyone involved in CHEATING via bribery should without a doubt be held accountable and penalized. I have worked hard my entire life to attend a great college. My family didn't have the extra cash lying around to throw it in the faces of the next person willing to offer me admission. I am fortunate enough to be able to afford college.
A STUDENT WHO HAS THE GRADES TO ATTEND A SCHOOL SHOULD NOT BE REJECTED IN PLACE OF ANOTHER STUDENT WHO LACKS THE GRADES BUT HAS THE MONEY TO BRIBE THEIR WAY THROUGH.
In relation to the scandal, competitive schools should reconsider the harm caused by donations and legacy admissions. Beginning with legacy admissions, no student should be automatically accepted to a school for the mere fact that someone in their family has already attended. THIS IS HOW INEQUALITY IS REPRODUCED. The history of education in America is unjust, and legacies help keep outsiders out while keeping insiders in. In a sense, donations also represent inequality. If two students are being considered for admission, the student whose family is donating a new library might be admitted over the student with the exceptional grades and financial aid.
EXCUSE ME, but how is this acceptable? Rich kids taking the spots of deserving students at notable universities has occurred long enough. The power is systemic and the inequality is structural. The system disproportionately benefits you already, even without your bribes!
IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE. Your privilege is showing. Thank you, next.