Varsity Blues: The College Cheating Scandal Of 2019

Varsity Blues: The College Cheating Scandal Of 2019

Ever wonder how some of the children of celebrities have gotten into some upper division schools?


At least 38 individuals are in custody following the FBI's "Operation Varsity Blues." Among those 38 are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

In this scandal, employees of top-tier schools were taking bribes from parents to admit students, sometimes into their athletic programs with a scholarship and fake athletic profiles, without actually being athletes. Some SAT scores were being switched out, having smarter kids take the SAT tests for these students, some parents were buying test answers for the SAT so their kids could cheat, etc.

As a first generation student with student loans, who have had to work hard for what I have, I'm pissed.

Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining about my circumstance, I'm fine where I'm at, but that doesn't change the injustice that this scandal just brought out. Many of us have been aware of elitist privilege for quite a while, especially when it comes to taxes, treatment, etc. For some, this hits a little closer to home, especially with the Ivy Leagues. The Ivy League schools are already near impossible to get into, only about a 6% admission rate when I applied in 2017, and about 30% of those admissions are legacies, and now we're finding out that more of that small 6% very possibly bought their way in.

Lori Loughlin paid both of her daughters' way into USC through the Crew athletic program. Her bribe amounted to an estimated $500,000. One of her daughters, Olivia Jade, made a YouTube video on her page talking about how she doesn't think she'll be able to make time for school and won't be attending often since she'll be traveling for work and she really "doesn't care about school." She highlights the experiences she wants to have, which are partying and football games. She has also used this college experience to make money, one example being Amazon Prime who outfitted her dorm.

Yes, she is influential, but I think other people could've really used those sponsorships when it came to their dorm rooms.

I worked so hard to get into what I felt was a good school, and this is a reminder in how the upper class and the elite continue to have the upper hand over those trying to improve their circumstances. Due to some of the reports, this has been going on for quite some time, and although we shouldn't be shocked, it doesn't lessen the blow of the reminder of our inability to move up in our social/class systems.

Lately, people have been debating whether or not Kylie Jenner is self-made.

Now it's time to question some of these other celebrities and even politicians who we thought received higher education. If they were accepted into a higher institution solely based on their family and their connections, are they really fit for some of their positions? Did they actually receive the education they needed to be successful, or did they, like Olivia Jade, only attend for the college experience? These are questions that need to be asked.

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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.

College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Trying to figure out what to do in life.


I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]

[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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