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The Importance of Academic Integrity

It’s the beginning of another school year, and everyone is rolling their eyes as their English teacher hands them the same paper they’ve been receiving for three years. 

It’s the Academic Integrity speech. 

It’s the day that you sign off a contract saying that you understand “cheating is bad” and “plagiarism is also bad”, and it would be pretty detrimental to your high school career and onward if you did either of those. 

Yet some people still don’t understand the severity of those behaviors. 

Cheating not only is an unfair practice, but it severely damages your own image of yourself and can ruin your future if you are caught.

Cutting corners, like Googling the exam that you think you’ll be taking, taking pictures of the answer sheets, having someone else do your homework, or copying parts of essays online, doesn’t help you, though. It may help you succeed in the class, but are you really learning anything? What are you going to do when you need to recall this information later in life? 

It’s like when your window is falling out and you put duct tape on it. It temporarily delays the problem, but it doesn’t fix it. 

Cheating also causes damage to your self-esteem. If you don’t know what you’re doing in a class and you get all of your work done on unfair grounds, then you will feel very little confidence in your abilities. If you don’t practice, you always feel insecure about being able to do it. 

Not to mention that if you never do the practice, you will never learn. 

And sure, this may be getting you through high school, but in college and on it will not. If you get caught cheating in college, you can be expelled and it will be nearly impossible to get reaccepted to another college after that. 

So the moral of today’s story is: don’t cheat. Do your work because when you do well, you will feel good. Otherwise, you would have to spend your high school years sneaking around and feeling incapable of completing your work and your tests, only to get a rude awakening further on down the road of life.

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