Hey, Aunt Becky, Life Didn't Deal Me A 'Full House' — I Had To Earn My Way To A State School The Right Way

Hey, Aunt Becky, Life Didn't Deal Me A 'Full House' — I Had To Earn My Way To A State School The Right Way

Have mercy? No thanks.

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Today on March 12th, 2019, news broke that actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among approximately 50 people, were being arrested in the reveal of a college cheating scam.

Those being indicted allegedly are guilty of paying bribes of up to $6 million in order to ensure their children's admissions to colleges like the University of Southern California, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, and others.

According to several reports, actress Felicity Huffman, conspiring with William Singer — who is the owner of a college counseling service called Key Worldwide Foundation, paid $15,000 in order to ensure her oldest daughter more time to complete the SAT test and also made it so that the proctor secretly graded her responses, even changing some that were incorrect.

It also discusses how Lori Loughlin, who is best known for her role as, Aunt Becky, on the sitcom "Full House" and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid approximately $500,000 in order to have their daughters, Bella and Olivia, portrayed as athletes to be recruited for the University of Southern California rowing teams, neither of which had ever participated in the sport, however it ensured their acceptance to USC.

It is sickening to see that there are those out there who find it acceptable to commit acts such as this in order to pull strings like this for their children, even though there are so many others more deserving.

As a student who attends Michigan State University, a Big Ten school, I had to work very hard in order to gain my acceptance. I also used to watch Lori's daughter Olivia on her YouTube channel in which she has gained her own fame and following, but she discussed college in a video that received backlash as she talked about wanting to experience game-days and parties, but said outright that she, "doesn't care about school." After this, however, she lost my subscription. Now knowing that this scheme was facilitated in order for her to attend a school that she doesn't even particularly care for and doesn't care about her education, makes me very angry. Those of us who work as hard as we possibly can to get into the schools of our dreams with no help, with no special treatment and no special circumstances, are pissed about this, and even if they aren't, I am.

Just because you have money, doesn't mean you should use it this way.

It doesn't mean that because you're a celebrity or that because you're a big name with a lot of power means that you can use that to not only unfairly give an advantage to your children, but to take away the opportunity from others more deserving. Those of us who worked to be where we are will be watching how this plays out, and we'll be hoping that justice will be served as it should be.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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