The College Admission Scandal Is Seriously Messing Me Up

The National College Admission Scandal Has Me Seriously Shook

How did no one see this coming?

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While on Twitter today, I was absolutely in shock when I found out about the National college admission scandal. I could not believe those who were involved. In case you have not heard about what happened basically, this scandal shows the lengths wealthy/celebrity parents will go to get their children into ivy leagues and highly competitive universities. Over 50 individuals were charged with committing these crimes.

These parents paid up to a million dollars in order to score their child a spot in the freshman class at schools such as USC, Yale, and Georgetown.

To begin, One of my old favorite YouTubers from high school and her mother are involved in this scandal, Olivia Jade. I was absolutely shocked when I found out about this because she is an influencer who her millions of followers look up to. She has a huge following and was up and coming in the makeup world.

It is unknown if she knew about this scandal but what shocks me the most is that her mom is freaking Aunt Becky from Full house, Lori Loughlin. She apparently had spent over five hundred thousand dollars for her children to attend The University of California which is a very competitive school to get into.

Another figurehead involved in this scandal was Felicity Huffman who is known for her role in Desperate Housewives which is one of my absolute favorite tv shows. This comes off being so shocking because its the length these individuals went in order to get their children into the schools. Some of the craziest being that some convicted photoshopped their children playing sports to get them recruited onto these sports teams.

Not only were celebrities and CEO's of large firms involved but also coaches were at the schools. It is said that this scandal is the Justice Department's largest-ever college admissions case. These parents hired individuals to take their children's standardized tests, hired proctors for the test, invested in certain charities, paid off coaches and officials of teams which just shows the privilege these children have.

Those involved took away spots of deserving students and that honestly breaks my heart. In the case of Olivia Jade, She was said to be on a rowing team and that alone got her into the school. Her parents sent in a picture of her on a rowing machine. That alone shows how crazy privilege can be and how one can think that is morally okay. I guess with this case it just shows how money and connections can get anyone anything they need. I'm curious to see the outcome of this case

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

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Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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