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Having money $$$ does not give you the right to cheat: “The College Process” By Regina Robinson

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“The College Process College Admissions has moved from students being able to look forward to the next phase of their educational journey to a competitive fight where some are willing to win By Any Means Necessary. The recent college admissions scandal rocked the world as the FBI revealed college consultant Rick Singer head of advising firm “The Key”, that athletic coaches and test proctors assisted a number of clients in cheating their way through the college admissions process. This scandal is said to be one of the largest scams ever. The question remains, is it the first, or simply the only one to make the spotlight?

The recent college admissions scandal rocked the world as the FBI revealed college consultant Rick Singer head of advising firm “The Key”, that athletic coaches and test proctors assisted a number of clients in cheating their way through the college admissions process. This scandal is said to be one of the largest scams ever. The question remains, is it the first, or simply the only one to make the spotlight?

The accusers have been charged with committing a nationwide crime of falsifying: documents (applications), testing (SAT, ACT and Subject Test), and athletic profiles (recruitment), to gain admissions for students into top competitive universities. The cheating went so far as to defraud testing accommodations – which so many “real” students stand in need of, including my daughter. Students were helped during and after the test to ensure their answer sheets reflected passing scores. This is alarming! As I have seen the College Board accuse a number of students publicly for cheating because their scores increased. While students are working hard to study and prepare, with barriers such as financial resources to pay for test prep, the elitist are paying their way past the doorkeeper.  You tell me, whose cheating the system?

I guess the old saying $$$ money can buy you anything proved to be true in this case. It was alleged that among the thirty-three families an excess of $6.5 million in bribes was paid (averaging $250k-$400k) so their children could attend what some deem as some of the most elite universities in the United States. Having money $$$ does not give anyone the right to cheat. 

The universities named in unsealed court documents include my alumni Georgetown University, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University, Wake Forest University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. All schools have made public statements denying any knowledge of the scandal and have said to be cooperating with the FBI’s investigation.

It is important that we continue to advocate for equitable education for all. 

The question remains have colleges and universities created a divide among the elite vs. non-elite? Have they created such a divide that families are willing to do whatever it takes to get their child into their institution? It has become a phenomenon that you are a nobody if you don’t get into an Ivy League school. I beg to differ! There are a plethora of colleges and universities that offer an education parallel to Ivy League schools; however, name alone warrants them to be looked upon as sub-par. I call into action that as a whole on the higher education spectrum there is a need for schools to take a look at their processes that are intended to provide equity and access for all students. 

What happened to families encouraging their children to be the best they can be at whatever they choose to be? So often I meet with families who are pushing their students to major in fields they have no interest or passion to study. As an Educational Coach, I quickly remind parents that if a student is not passionate about what you are pushing them towards, they will go to school for four years, graduate, and never work a day in that field. Yet parents will invest four years of money.

Suited 4 Success has successfully helped families “ethically” with the tools and resources to Winning The Game of College Admissions. Our book, Winning The Game of College Admissions, an Amazon Bestseller has become a staple for assisting families around the world to successfully navigate the college admissions process. It is our mission to ensure our students discover their passion and present themselves in an ethical and honest way. We encourage our students to work hard knowing their hard work will pay off. It’s important that students understand that what qualifies them for acceptance into an institution of higher learning is their hard work both academically and socially, which include classes, extra-curricular, work, internships and volunteerism. As an Educational Coach, mentor and mother of a high school Junior, I have always instilled in my daughter that the hard work, time and dedication she puts into high school will prepare her for the next level in her educational journey. Today as she begins to navigate the college admissions process, she can stand first on her academic merit and secondly on her athletic capabilities. What’s not fair is that while students are working hard others are cheating their way to the top with money and/or the inheritance of legacy.

I encourage students to not get distracted or discouraged by this scandal. Continue to give a 100%. Students, I leave you with these four pillars as you continue becoming the best version of you…

Success Requires You To See Beyond Today

It is not about the fall as much as it is about your tenacity to get back up. Success requires your willingness to never give up, but to create possibilities, and opportunities.

The Resilience To Achieve Your Full Potential

On the road to your full potential you will encounter obstacles along the way; however, remember they are just detours not a stop sign. It’s important to put in the work today in preparation for tomorrow.

Never Give Up On You

We have all thought about giving up at one time or another. The key is you must trust in you more than you believe in failure.(Quote) It’s not enough to simply start, you must strive to finish.

Stay The Course

Today is preparation for where you’re going. You will encounter some setbacks along your journey, take the jump and stay the course. Remember to never give up on your dreams. Students continue to show up for your greatness and never stop moving towards your destiny! Suited 4 Success has successfully and ethically assisted families for over fifteen years to navigate the college process.

If you are searching for a team that will guide your family through the college admissions process visit our website www.suited4success.org for details on how to get started. Share this information with family and friends so you can ensure they are getting the right support and information.

It is important that we continue to advocate for equitable education for all. 

Regina Robinson

Suited4 Success College Planning Services

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