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Amidst The College Cheating Scandal, Feel Bad For The Students Instead Of Getting Mad At Their Parents

We don't have to stay angry.

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We've all heard the breaking news: children of celebrities and uber-rich parents are cutting the line to get into elite colleges and universities. This has come in forms of payments to admissions officers and coaches, fake student-athlete profiles, falsified or inflated scores on the ACT/SAT, and more. Whether you're a senior in high school trying to get into college, already in college and worked incredibly hard to get there, or a parent of either type of student who is watching or has watched your child struggle for admission, you're probably outraged by this. Originally, when I first heard the news, I, too, was outraged. I thought to myself, "all that time and work I devoted to challenging classes in high school, extra summer courses, and the SAT, all while some kids get to just walk into these schools without lifting a finger?" Okay, yes. But, my perspective has changed, and it is much more productive than my original thoughts.

I hate to pull the "look where they are now" card, but, it is most appropriate for this case. Not only are the parents involved in this scandal facing huge fines and jail time, but they're also taking hard hits to their reputation and career. The same goes for their children. Some of the kids are also famous for who knows what, but are already facing backlash in the media for this kind of scamming. That will be difficult for them to recover from as well. Additionally, judging by the reactions to the fraud on and around college campuses, it is not crazy to think that most of them will not return to their schools. That concept might offer a slight sense of justice restoration.

Furthermore, let's assess what the actions taken really say about the students and their families. In my opinion, the parents who did this behind their child's back are more despicable than the ones who had the whole family in on the job. Imagine how deceived the students feel if they didn't know this was happening until about two weeks ago when the rest of America found out. For the parents who did this on their own, what does that say about the faith they have in their child? Something that I found particularly striking was that one father in the case was quoted explaining that, after all the money and scamming, he hoped his child would be inspired to make use of his life. I'm sorry, but isn't that a sick thing to say about your own child? I don't know about you, but I'll take a family who supports me and believes in me over a purchased spot in college any day.

Quite honestly, I feel bad for these students. Regardless of the name-brand school or the fame and fortune, I feel bad that they don't know what it's like earning something such as a college acceptance on their own. I know that I speak for many college students when I say that getting accepted to colleges on my own merit and work ethic was the most gratifying feeling of my life thus far. Spin this concept any way you want, but that feeling is truly priceless, and those students missed out on it.

I agree with the news reports when they express that the true victims are the deserving students who worked hard and got their spots taken by these people. Every hard-working student has a right to be angry. But, anger over the case will not solve much. The ideal outcome that can come from this is wide recognition that the college admissions process is practically built to collapse on itself; if that weren't the case, then something like this could not have happened so many times over again. There are a plethora of issues concerning who is/is not getting accepted to certain schools and how or why this is happening. Too many good students are getting shut out of schools they belong at because of back-door entrances and cheating. Let us be productive about the issue at hand rather than ruminating in each other's anger and use this case as an aid to bring about fairness to college admissions.

If there is any piece of advice I can offer to the hard workers who feel robbed, I'll tell you what I told myself: continue focusing on your work and your passions. Simple, perhaps even trite, but nonetheless true. Whether it is immediately obvious or not, an unbreakable work ethic will always prevail in the long run, especially over a checkbook.

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10 Ways College Is 100% NOTHING Like High School

Once-a-day showers go to dry shampoo for four days straight.

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As a college freshman well into their second semester, it has officially occurred to me just how different, and often times better, college is compared to its predecessor, high school.

Here are just 10 ways the two could not be MORE different:

1. How you sleep

You'll go from waking up three hours before school to three minutes before class

2. How you hygiene

Once-a-day showers develop into dry shampoo for four days straight.

3. How you eat

Pizza goes from a once-in-a-while treat to an everyday food group.

4. How you socialize

You'll go from being nice to everyone to disliking people for no reason.

5. How much effort you put into your appearance

High school contour was on fleek and now there's somehow mascara on your forehead.

6. How you nap

Naps go from two hours to 10 minutes.

7. How you operate heavy machinery

Driving goes from 10 and 2 with perfectly lined up mirrors to driving with your knees and eating a taco.

8. Your classmates

High school classes are with all of your friends and college classes have strangers in them almost every day.

9. The people teaching you things

High school teachers are scary and mean, while college professors become your friends.

10. Textbooks

High school textbooks are provided where college textbooks need to be bought with another student loan.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.

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As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.

1. NO PARENTS 

What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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