Why College Students Cheat

Sorry to burst your bubbles, but we are not talking about cheating in a relationship. 

We are rather discussing an issue that has been ever since prevalent in the academe. It is called stealing of intellectual property but is more commonly known as cheating. Raise your hand if you have never, not once, cheated as a student. And there you go. That’s where we shall start the ball rolling.

Run of the mill

You tend to gain courage to do something when you know it is accepted. If cheating is a common act, and nobody, or it is rare that those involved get reprimanded, then you can only expect the ‘cheating tribe’ to grow further.

We can then say that it all boils down to the premise that students do not realize the impact of cheating, deeming it as nothing serious.

But come to think of it. Should cheating in standardized exams be tolerated, what is the kind of future that awaits us, humans? Those who were able to commission a bright student to take the exams for them, shall of course get the scores they are targeting to get into the prestigious university. Then we should also be bracing ourselves in a world with so-not professional professionals who got there, the easy way out.

The deserving, truly smart ones who let themselves become cheating instruments are left behind.

Too lazy to think

They can complete the task themselves but would rather not exhaust efforts. They know very well that there are other students they can rely on to, who are more than willing to carry it out for them.

Cheating happens not only during exams. Procrastination can also trigger it.

Let’s admit we have, one way or another, delayed working on a course work. To those students who are financially capable, bribing is an accessible option. It should come easy taking advantage of what other students are lacking, so they would pay somebody to complete their projects while they are are living the worry-free college life they envisioned.

In group activities, cheating is also present. Leeching on the benefits of other’s hard work, that is what these students are notorious for. During brainstorming activities, they are always busy with something unrelated to the project. They are always missing in action. Yet at the end, they shall earn the same remarks as the other members who have REALLY labored hard. Unless, somebody in the group speaks up to their professor.

Burning desire vs. the ethical

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

We know that very well. As stakes become higher, some students also become even more desperate to achieve their objectives. Then again, we live in a copy and paste business era when giving up your pride within seconds is possible.

For instance this thought: Why read a 500-plus page novel when you can acquire a copy that is complete with summary as well as synthesis? Instead of consulting their instructors or experts from academic course work writing services on how they can improve their output, they resort to sample essays provided online.

Students, in some instances, are driven to cheat because their desire to receive outstanding remarks outweighs their will to do the right thing.

Cheating does not come without risks

Cheating, to some students, is a way to compensate for your disadvantages. The downside is that cheating does not come without risks. Take the Long Island SAT cheating scandal as an example. Students who were involved gained nothing but embarrassment enough to last a lifetime.