Does The College Admission Scandal Cheapen My Education?

Does The College Admission Scandal Cheapen My Education?

As an alumni of Wake Forest University, one of the schools named in the latest College Admissions Scandal, I would be remiss if I did not ask “Does The College Admission Scandal Cheapen My Education?” My honest answer is…No! However, its not emphatic, and I worry it differs from person to person, perspective to perspective. Let me explain…

The Old School Method

I used to buy Best Colleges 2019: Find the Best Colleges for You!annually ever since my Freshmen year in High School. I would study trends and check for programs that would fit strengths, and read articles on how to attempt to get into these programs. But when it came right down to it, I knew one thing: I was leaving New York due to the cold winters and high cost of living. I settled on Wake Forest University because it was the best school that I got in to. The way I got into Wake Forest was the old school method. Hard work, across many years, culminating in a rank of 10 in my class, several sports and extra curricular activities, and stellar people and communication skills.

The New Model

If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone to a community college for two years, a state school for 2 years, gotten my bachelors, then likely gone to a state school for graduate school as well. The shortest, cheapest way to accomplish what I ended up accomplishing in a Bachelors, a Masters, and two Doctoral degrees. I will preach this to my kids, but I can only hope they listen. In this day and age, I am not sure you need to amount of education that I acquired unless you plan on doing really high level, specific, licensed occupations.

There are so many more options out there these days to make a living thanks to the internet and that will likely continue to evolve. So for the 99% that worked hard to get into a good school and get a good education (as I did) I do not think the scandal cheapens the value of my education. For the next generation, I don’t know that we can tell the butterfly effect of that yet.


This is not the first scandal to rock the world of academia (one in which I was already skeptical). There has been several NCAA sports scandals, Duke University was one of the schools involved in a few research scandals as of late, and now this pay for admissions scandal. It seems like everybody is cheating these days, its just do my math homework a matter of who is getting caught. The one thing that I hope I can continue to do, and pass on to my children is to try your hardest, and live a life of integrity.

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