Don’t know how to tell you this, but, um, college doesn’t matter all that much
I used to think Forrest Gump’s mother had gone a bit far to keep her son in regular school. Well, that was nothing.
In what is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted, wealthy parents, Hollywood actresses, coaches and college prep executives have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.
The scheme had two major pieces. In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers. Second, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their abilities, prosecutors said.
Federal court documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes.
What these parents are saying is, You’re the flesh of my flesh, and the flesh of my flesh goes to Harvard, period. No matter how much it’ll cost me.
Some people apparently paid millions of dollars to get theirs accepted. Which as you’ll know if you’ve ever been to school, doesn’t necessarily involves graduating. This story almost redefines “more money than brains” all by itself.
Look. I’m not saying a college degree is worthless. But it’s not worth that.
You know what matters? It’s to find something to do with your life that you are truly passionate about. Something that won’t feel like work. Something you’d do even if you weren’t getting paid to do it.
Find that, then go do it. If it requires a specific degree, fine. But don’t go to college because you need somewhere to go after high school. Go to college with a purpose.
I didn’t. I went to law school because my parents had told me all my life I needed a real job because everybody knows you can’t make a living as a writer. Lawyers get paid well. That’s a good job. You’d be good at it. No doubt. I did get the degree. But I didn’t want to work as a lawyer and never did. What was the point of the degree, then?
Always get an education, I tell everyone who’ll listen, and even some who won’t. If necessary, go to school.
Past a certain point, which is different for everyone, school by itself isn’t worth the time and effort, unless you’re there for a specific reason. If your reason is “my parents paid a ton of money for me to go,” maybe you need to be somewhere else.
Besides, how would you feel, being the kid who knows deep down she’s not accomplished enough to have made it to Harvard on her own, that the only reason she’s there is because Mommy bribed someone? What a guilt trip to lay on your kids as they start in life. What a burden to carry.
And what a lesson to teach them. “Yes honey, if you have enough of it, money will buy you anything. Especially stuff you’re not entitled to.”
If only we stopped thinking that everyone needs to go to college, we’d stand a chance to get somewhere. A real, proper education is necessary. College? Not always so much.