Cheaters Sometimes Prosper
The way you go through school now is different from what it was when they started school. Then it was learn for your future and now it's more of an absolute fear of failure. Personally, I if I even get a C I basically have a mental breakdown. Now instead of learning and focusing on bettering our minds it has become this mind trap in doing absolutely whatever you can to not fail your classes. I personally envy those that couldn't care less about their grades. That's a poisonous thought right there. For the purpose of this will you, I have interviewed 5 students anonymously about what they felt when they cheated or if they have at all. Their answers are as follows.
Student 1: “Of course I've cheated before is that even a question. There are so many tests that I have had to take where either I didn't study or the teacher didn't prepare us. I didn't feel anything when I did it, I mean I needed to pass the class. ‘Would I do it again?’ Is that even a serious question? Of course I would. If I need to pass I need to pass.”
Student 2: “You bet your a** I have. It's school, who doesn't cheat once in awhile. Whether it's copying homework or a full blown test. I probably wouldn't have the grades I have right now if it wasn't for copying homework. I have great respect for those who do their ho,work and let me copy it. True team players. The first time I cheated I might have felt a little guilty but you get over it once you get the A. Yes I would do it again. In fact I might have something right now I have to copy…”
Student 3: “And you're positive no one will know who I am? Ok, well yeah but it was only like once or twice. It's just I was really tired one night but I had a test the next day and I needed the sleep but I also needed to study but I fell asleep and then next thing I know it's time for the test and I'm freaking out because I had no idea what the answer to the first question was, like literally no inkling whatsoever and then I saw this person next to me just going at it so I was just copying and then I realized what I was doing but it was too late to stop plus I needed to pass the test. Well I feel kind of bad but I got like a B on the test so I don't feel really bad. But still feel kind of bad. Then again no one got hurt so is it really that bad? Doing it again would totally depend on my circumstances.”
Student 4: “I actually haven’t I don't think. In fact I'm usually the one people cheat off of if anything. It's kind of funny actually always being asked for the answers. Although people will get mad if for once you don't know the answer. They think you're some sort of robot. It gets a little annoying. But no I don't need to cheat so I don't.”
Student 5: “I don't care that much to be honest. But I know why people do it. No one wants an F. I mainly just listen to my music so I don't have to listen to anyone.”
I generally liked doing this will you because it made you think about how school has changed. I'm going to be honest I have cheated before just because I was afraid of failing my mother and myself. When you know your own potential it's especially harder to fail a test or get a low grade. This is why we cheat.