Does hard work really pay off?


Lori Loughlin and her daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade pose for the camera before the scandal occured.

My younger self idolized the famous “Aunt Becky” and “Uncle Jesse” from Full House. Not only were they the perfect projections of my relationship goals someday, but they seemed like amazing people individually.

However, a recent college admissions scandal involving “Aunt Becky” has been skyrocketing in media all across the country.

Wealthy and famous parents have been caught bribing their kids’ way into top universities and one the faces of the scandal belongs to Lori Loughlin,  yep, Aunt Becky was caught red-handed.

Loughlin stands accused of spending $500,000 in illicit payments for her two famous daughters to attend the University of Southern California, an elite private college.

Loughlin and her two social-media-famous daughters have been receiving large amounts of hateful feedback and dissapointment from fans, and have lost many brand deals with large companies like Sephora, while Loughlin has been removed from Hallmark.

In response to this outrageous misconduct, high school minorities discussed what they have endeavored in hopes of receiving an equal playing field for college acceptance. Students’ aspirations have plummeted from acknowledgement that their circumstances are withholding them from their reward, whereas others simply used cash instead of blood, sweat and tears to reach their goal.

I feel the same frustration with how unjust the acts of these parents involved are. It is hard to grasp that a well-deserving student was stripped of their efforts over this  scenario.

It worries me and my fellow classmates for the future as to whether the college acceptance system is really true and fair. 

Olivia Jade, one of Loughlin, was exposed to admitting that she only attends college for the parties, tailgating, and the general experience and quotes, “I don’t really care about school.”

“Hard work pays off,” is a quote I have been told since I was younger from my parents, teachers, and adult figures. I kept this motto after struggling nights of hours upon hours of schoolwork, keeping in mind that someday I’m going to be granted the reward I deserve. However, when students like Olivia Jade receive admission to a college as selective as the University of Southern California, knowing that she didn’t truly deserve her place in the college, it forces me to contradict the motto I was always told and that I may not possibly earn my place to my dream school or career.

Scandals like these are what worries me about the future: when I’m in college, when my children are in college, and generations following. Colleges need to be held accountable as well, and earn back their trust if they want to keep their integrity. A change needs to be made if students are going to find the college admission process is genuine again.