OPINION: Talent irrelevant for college admission process

Parents buy top university spots for children

CN/ Ivana Amaral

By Giselle Arroyo

The college admission scandal wasn’t shocking to many current and former students. 

Students have always been aware that they were competing with wealthier people who used their money or influence to buy their way into college. 

However, students were surprised the FBI shined the light on the matter and that those actions now had consequences. 

David Mejia, ELAC student and President of the Puente Club, had similar thoughts. “It’s about time people are being held accountable,”  Mejia said.

It wasn’t surprising that universities were accepting bribes and were immorally accepting students. What was disappointing was learning that University of California Los Angeles was among those institutions. 

Most students at ELAC have a high opinion of UCLA. UCLA has sometimes preached that with hard work and determination, students had a chance to attend the university no matter their background.

 Despite the sudden interest in the matter, some still don’t think much will come from the investigation.

“They ( people who have been charged) are so used to buying their way through things, they’ll probably pay their way out (of trouble),” Vanessa Miranda, ELAC student and Treasure of the                                   Puente Club said.

Students will continue to face challenges and compete with wealthy people. 

“There is going to be a constant level of unfairness when it comes to higher education for low-income students and underrepresented students,” Vanessa Diaz Venegas an ELAC alumna who transferred to UCLA and is currently at USC.

However, this should be looked at as another challenge students should overcome. 

“I will keep pushing myself the same way, to get to where I want to get to,” Miranda said.

If anything, this should make people work harder for their accomplishments because in the end it’ll feel        that much greater.   

“The victory at the end will be much sweeter for us than them, because our struggles and our journey to get there was paved by hard work,” Mejia said.

Also, money shouldn’t discourage students to get to where they want to be. Those people who  bought their way into universities were only depriving themselves of a proper education.

“The purpose is to obtain knowledge, you cannot buy knowledge ,” Venegas said. “If you can buy a title it doesn’t mean you’ll get anything from it.” 

The truth is that those who bought their way into college will never fully appreciate what hard work can do and how it feels to accomplish something like getting into college.

Those students who worked their way into those schools are better for it. 

“Everyone (ELAC students) is very capable they just need to utilize the resources that are available to them,” Venegas said.

In general, students are aware of the injustices there are in colleges. That shouldn’t stop anyone from trying.

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