"It just made me think: How is she doing this? I was confused. Like how does she have time to make YouTube videos?"
There was something fishy about Olivia Jade Giannulli's college acceptance — and it certainly wasn't the keel of her rowboat.
One of the teenager's high school classmates, Harlow Brooks, has admitted she was shocked when Olivia made it into the prestigious USC — especially when she didn't seem to care all that much about school.
After first touring their high school Harlow, herself now a YouTuber, said she remembered seeing a poster celebrating Olivia's older sister Bella's admission to the college on the wall.
"I remember hearing later that Olivia had also gotten into USC, and I was like 'wow that's kind of crazy, because USC is kind of very, extremely hard to get into. So not only one sister, but both of them'," she said.
More confusing for Harlow, who actually enjoyed school, was how her classmate had time to be an influencer while also achieving the grades required to gain entry to such an elite college.
"I would have to get up at 6am every morning, and I would leave school at 4pm. Then I would have 6 hours of homework," she recalled. "It just made me think: How is she doing this?"
"Like literally I didn't have time to do anything out of school, other than school. And I was in easy classes."
"I was confused; like how does she travel for YouTube, how does she have time to make YouTube videos? An arrangement with the school or something? It just didn't make sense to me, because at these schools, your life is 100% school."
While Harlow purposely avoided mentioning the "super elite private school" by name, the commenters had no such qualms highlighting Marymount All Girls Catholic High School — the same one Kim Kardashian and her sisters attended.
Harlow described going there as "the worst school experience of my life."
"Being at this school kind of made me feel like Instagram makes me feel; you know when you go on Instagram and you feel 'Ah my life's great!' and then you go and see everyone else's life and you're like 'wow my life is not good enough'," she recalled, saying she had to feign interest in gossip, drama and expensive outfits just to fit in.
She claimed many students are on Adderall, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication because of the stress and pressure, and its's all "for no point — except to say that you went to this certain high school, and I think that's why they go, because the rich people in LA want all of their kids to go these schools just to say they go to these schools, so people know they pay $50,000 for their high school."
She continued: "I don't know what her grades were at this school; but seeing as I am a person who loves school and does really well at school, and I couldn't even handle the workload."
Pointing out that Olivia Jade had herself publicly claimed that she didn't like school and was only there for the parties, she added: "I can't even imagine making it through a school like that if you are not committed to school."
Harlow insisted that when the college admissions scandal broke last week, she was not surprised, as everyone knows wealthy families "pay to play" regarding education.
But the fact that she allegedly took an athletic scholarship away from someone who trained all their life at rowing but could not afford to go to college, she said was "in bad taste".
"I'm sure she could have been just as happy at a college that she actually could have gotten into, and she wouldn't be dealing with this massive scandal."
Last week Olivia's parents Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo were named in a fraud investigation involving dozens of wealthy parents, alleging the two celebrities paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into USC as recruits to the crew team, even though neither of them ever rowed.
Harlow added she had "a hard time believing" Olivia Jade was not aware of her parents' alleged scheme.