This story left me speechless. And disgusted. Having worked hard to attend an elite college, I am still having a very difficult time processing the alleged acts of – if proven true – 50 bad actors. I have been a consultant in the college prep world for many years, so I have encountered parents who have contemplated some crazy schemes in hopes of getting their kids into top schools. What is amazing about this specific form of insanity is that these parents fail to think (or care) about how their unethical and, as we witnessed today with the arrest of Huffman and Loughlin, alleged criminal acts impact hard-working students who play by the rules to improve their chances of getting into elite schools. It’s shameful.
A teenage girl who did not play soccer magically became a star soccer recruit at Yale. Cost to her parents: $1.2 million.
A high school boy eager to enroll at the University of Southern California was falsely deemed to have a learning disability so he could take his standardized test with a complicit proctor who would make sure he got the right score. Cost to his parents: at least $50,000.
A student with no experience rowing won a spot on the U.S.C. crew team after a photograph of another person in a boat was submitted as evidence of her prowess. Her parents wired $200,000 into a special account.
In a major college admissions scandal that laid bare the elaborate lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into competitive American universities, federal prosecutors charged 50 people on Tuesday in a brazen scheme to buy spots in the freshman classes at Yale, Stanford and other big name schools.
This scandal showcases privilege by any means necessary in a very harsh and unflattering light. Here’s a free tip for all parents contemplating similar foolish acts: DON”T DO IT. Instead, encourage your child to do the hard work needed in order to earn admissions into competitive colleges. If you need assistance – and many kids do – seek out consultants who are ethical and will tell you without any hesitation there are absolutely no shortcuts. If you want to get into a great school, strive to be a great student. Period.