People Should Not Be Able To Bribe Their Way Into College

People Should Not Be Able To Bribe Their Way Into College

Getting into college is a huge accomplishment that should not be tainted by money.


When I heard the news that celebrities were being fined for paying their way into positions to top universities for their children, I can't say I was surprised. It is known that wealthy parents often donate large sums of money to schools to get their children a spot in the school. After reading more about the accusations, I actually was surprised, because the situation is much more complex.

About a week ago, multiple wealthy parents including celebrities like Felicity Huffman and Full House's beloved "Aunt Becky" Lori Loughlin, were accused of paying large sums of money to get their children into the country's top universities.

Lori Loughlin has been said to have paid $500,000 to get her daughters, Olivia Jade, and Isabella into the University of Southern California, also known as USC. Not only is she accused of paying to get her daughters admitted, but she is also accused of pretending that her daughters were rowers in high school to get them onto the school's elite Crew team.

If these accusations are true, I will be very disappointed in our world, but I will be glad that those people have been called out for their actions and will finally face the consequences. For some reason, people who are wealthy often don't think the rules or the laws of the land apply to them. This makes sense because they are used to getting past any barrier with money, but sometimes money can't save you.

I am so upset that anyone would cheat their way into college. Kids work their entire lives to get into these universities. Getting into any university takes hard work and dedication, and getting into the top schools in the country takes even more effort and more sacrifices. Most students take on a ton of AP classes, do a million extracurricular activities, and even try to balance a job in the midst of that to try to be a good applicant for their dream school while being able to afford to go there.

Every year, thousands of students are rejected from their dream school. This is a part of life as unfortunate as it is, however it is not fair when someone who did not deserve to be in a school is taking someone else's spot. It is not fair that someone can bribe their way into a school when someone else worked endlessly to get into that school.

Another issue I have with this scandal is that these girls were placed on the crew team at USC without proper training. Students train for years to try to make it onto these teams, and once they are on them, they are constantly working out, getting up early, and practicing to stay on the team. A lot of people get scholarships through sports and they would not be able to afford school without them, so they work hard to get them. They can't get on the teams if someone steals their spot.

Lori Loughlin's daughters went to an elite, private, all-girls school in California. There are no public records to show what kind of students they were, but Olivia Jade, who has a YouTube channel with over a million subscribers has said that she only wanted to go to college to experience the college life of game days and parties, and she also said that she didn't really care about school. How can someone who doesn't even "really care about school" possibly have been accepted to a prestigious institution out of her own merit? I find it very hard to believe. But everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

I don't think it is fair for wealthy kids to get to go to a school without working for it. I hope the truth comes out in the trial that is scheduled for next week. Lori Loughlin paid a one million dollar bond but is scheduled to be back in court on March 29. I am looking forward to hearing the details of the intricate scheme these people took part in, and I want justice to be served.

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.


To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.


The nursing student with just one year left.

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Why Beyoncé Is Empowering To White Women Too

I dream it, I work hard, I grind it till I own it.


Beyoncé is undoubtedly known for her strong voice, and an incredible representation of her culture, and her beliefs.

Making it clear that being an African American woman, or man should be accepted and owned.

Her music gets us dancing out of our chairs, and singing right along with her.

While everyone, male, female, older, and younger has their own opinions on Queen B.

One thing that she stands for that's clear, is Empowerment.

And I think this message can be received by all of us.

You can be curvy, with a gorgeous afro, or you can be skinny, with long thin hair.

You can be pale or dark, the point is, you're owning not only the way you look but who you are.

I personally think white women are accused of not having enough culture, rhythm, or "spice."

And this can be true. No shame.

But there is beauty within all of us, even the skinny girl with amazing abs we all secretly hate.

She's beautiful.

Just as the redhead with no eyelashes, the blonde who can't really tan, is gorgeous.

Beyoncé makes being who we are, owning your ethnicity not only a good thing but something worth knowing.

Learn your history, find out what English colony you belong to, or which part of Europe your family is from, and express it.

Express it however you know how.

Whether that's through your food, your clothes, your art, or music,

If you're a cowgirl or a city girl, then be that.

American isn't supposed to represent white supremacy but rather a country that is accepting of all.

Those are the kind of white women we should be.

Not the stereotypes of a "white girl," or a "dumb blonde."

Know that no matter how pale you might be, no matter how short, or weight, you're amazing.

White girls can be skinny, or curvy, which is another beautiful thing about Beyoncé she's a beautiful curvy woman, and no one is fat shaming her. Just as no one else should be.

That thigh gap or that nonexistent one is great.

Because it's you.

And maybe you don't have spice or rhythm, but you can try, get out of your comfort zone and express whoever that is.

Even being shy, and timid, is still expressing yourself in your own way, and in the way that makes you feel comfortable.

The takeaway we can truly get from Beyoncé is being true to who we are, and that doesn't mean being her, or being someone like her.

It's taking away what we've learned from our pasts, from our mothers, or our grandmothers, learning from our history, and being a better example.

And maybe you're just a white girl, with European ancestors, but that still makes you a Beyoncé in your own way.


Learn more about it who you are and where you come from, and what you'll find is that we all have an amazing heritage.

No matter what color we are.

We're all Beyoncé's.

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