When it was announced that "Scandal" would air its final season in spring of 2018, graduation seemed even more daunting. Not only would I have to leave university, but I would also have to leave behind a character that has shaped my personal development, Olivia Pope.
I started watching "Scandal" during the winter break of my first year, and I’ve been hooked ever since. As a global studies major, I was instinctively wrapped in the political happenings of the show.
And in one character, I saw a woman who exemplified conviction and class, no matter how difficult the situation was. “It’s handled,” she would say to her clients — so effortlessly that I wondered why I didn’t have a catchphrase like that.
Olivia Pope epitomized everything I wanted to be — strong, successful, quick-witted and so sure of herself. Her colleagues looked up to her for always wearing the white hat, for always wanting to be their gladiator even when she didn’t have to be. Even the president of the United States in the show couldn’t outshine her — Olivia controlled Washington and controlled the hearts and minds of those around her.
And suddenly, just as quickly as I had glorified her, I then saw her tragic flaws as a human. She was power-hungry, and as the seasons went on, she betrayed her closest friends just to save face. Olivia began to use people for her own personal gain, even when she claimed it was for the benefit of others. Olivia couldn’t be vulnerable because, simply put, she was Olivia Pope.