Teenagers are now celebrating their college decision in the same way that some expectant moms reveal the sex of their baby

By Helen Murphy
April 03, 2019 01:56 PM

It’s a boy! It’s a girl! It’s … Harvard?

High schoolers across the country are getting creative with sharing where they’re going to continue their education, with some now posting videos and photos of “college decision reveals” that are modeled after baby sex reveals.

As The Cut noted in an article on Tuesday and Today examined in January, parents and students share these elaborate reveals on social media platforms from Instagram to Facebook to YouTube.

In some videos, the student will lay out symbols (from cupcakes to baseball hats) for all of the colleges they were accepted to and remove them one by one. In others — say if the student is only deciding between two schools — they’ll cut a cake open to reveal the colors of their chosen university.

The new trend also comes amid the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, involving parents around the country — including actress Lori Loughlin — who allegedly tried to get their children into elite universities using fraudulent methods.

The indictment alleges that Loughlin and her husband “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, a YouTuber, did not post a college reveal video to her channel, but has vlogged several times at USC, posting videos titled “COLLEGE DORM ROOM TOUR” and “day in my life college style lol.”

Though the reveals might seem like harmless fun, an editorial published on college parenting community Grown & Flown argues that they could be “insensitive.”

“It’s hard not to admit that those college-colored cake pops are actually adorable, and that table display with hand-painted letters is very clever,” the editorial reads.

“But it’s also easy to acknowledge that this trend is yet another opportunity for people to be a tad insensitive,” it continues. “First of all, the indulgence of a college reveal party that is posted online is another in-your-face example of the disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots.”