As many people know, colleges across the country are looking into dozens of celebrities and billionaires who have “paid the way” for their children’s acceptance into prestigious institutions. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are just two of the over 50+ names of individuals being investigated on charges of bribing admissions offices, donating thousands of dollars, and even paying off people to take exams for their children.
In a recent interview with Van Jones, Kim Kardashian West was opening up about her decision to become a lawyer. While the mother of 3 (soon to be 4) is not attending an actual college, she is doing an apprenticeship with a lawyer to qualify to take the Bar Exam this year.
Kardashian West did not hold back in saying that she would never pay her kid’s way into a college oruniversity. She said:
If [my kids] couldn’t get into a school, I would never want to use privilege to try to force them into a situation that they wouldn’t thrive in anyway.”
She also added that it’s “not appropriate” to use privilege to help your kids get ahead in life.
Kardashian West added:
I want my kids to be kind. I want my kids to be as grounded as possible. To buy your way into something just wouldn’t benefit anybody.
She also said that she feels that her work ethic has shaped her children to also mimic her—to possibly work harder and see that nothing in life is given to you and easy.
I have my backpack, they have their backpack. They’re studying, I’m studying. And them seeing that I have this filming career, and that I’m having makeup samples tested all over my arm, while I’m trying to read my flashcards… I hope they get inspired to know that they can put in the hard work.
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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine - It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️
She also hopes that showing her children that it is never too late to go to college or make a decision to change your career will inspire them, too.
Even though I’m in my late thirties and just finishing college, or attempting to do that now, it’s never too late and there really is no easy way out.
You can watch the full segment with Van Jones and Kim Kardashian West here.