A Solution to the Lori Laughing Situation

A Solution to the Lori Loughlin Situation

Let's help people who want to go to college instead of those who don't!


By now, everyone has heard about the Rick Singer college scam, where a man made millions of dollars by defrauding standardized testing companies and bribing elite university's athletic coaches. You will have heard of the wealthy people who paid to have their kids get into high-level schools, like Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives and more notably, everyone's favorite TV aunt.

I can understand why Loughlin would want to do everything in her power to help her children get a top-notch education at USC. Who doesn't hope for the best for their kids, and who wouldn't be willing to help their kids by any means necessary (even if illegal)? Obviously, what was done was illegal and Loughlin deserves to go to prison for her actions. I just thought I understood the motive behind everything. But when I looked up Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade, that sentiment immediately changed.

Olivia Jade reminds me of what all of the teens in Gossip Girl would be like if they actually existed. She is spoiled, entitled, and has had everything handed to her on a silver platter. Her dream is to be a full-time YouTuber. She showed up late to her first year at college because she was vacationing in Fiji. Her parents paid for her to be able to design her own freaking eyeshadow palette! All of this wouldn't really matter to me if she actually wanted to go to college, but here's a direct quote of hers that leaves me sick to my stomach:

"I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend, but I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all. I do want the experience of like game days, partying. I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."

So, a person who clearly has no educational aspirations was handed a spot at the University of Southern California because her mom had the means to buy it for her. What should be done to stop this? The answers are donation blind acceptance policies, stricter legislation and making an example out of everyone who used Singer's "resources" to help their child.

While paying off Singer to help improve test scores doesn't fall under donations, contributing significant amounts of money to a school can definitely help a person get in. Universities like people whose parents are able to pay for new equipment or amenities, so it makes sense that admissions committees do take donations into account. What admission committee is going to deny someone who has a library donated under their name? Many schools have adopted need-blind financial aid policies for those who cannot afford full tuition, so why are there no donation blind schools? There's a fine line between a charitable donation and bribing a university, so it would be best if all donations became anonymous and admissions committees had no ideas about the financial situations of potential students. This would give a leg up to students of lesser means who would not be able to donate obscene amounts to get their applications looked at more kindly.

Stricter legislation and making an example out of Singer, Loughlin, and Huffman may not stop everyone from hacking the system, but it's a start. It would be important for the College Board and the US Government to check for any loopholes that could potentially make Singer's actions legal, and reiterate with explicit rules saying everything that was done in this case was a result of fraud. By humiliating everyone involved in this case, it could deter others from committing similar crimes.

The most important part of all of this is that anybody should be able to go to whatever college they want IF they have the qualifications and are motivated. As a society, we need to start better focusing on those who do not have the means to afford college, but are qualified and want to go, instead of perpetuating this cycle of the wealthy buying their way into top universities and taking spots away from those who deserve them.

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."

“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?


High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...


There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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