Cheaters Never Win
Learn the consequences of cheating, before you have to experience them.
Have you ever forgotten to study for a big test in school? Or maybe you were busy all night with sports and forgot to do your homework. You know the kid sitting kitty-corner to you never covers up their paper and they get good grades. The bus ride in is long enough for you to copy your friend’s paper. Everything is going to work out.
It’s going to hurt.
It is cheating, but you have a reason—it can’t hurt anyone, right? Wrong. It hurts you. Sure, you don’t get a bad grade and any consequences of that at home, but you didn’t learn the material. And more importantly, you didn’t learn a valuable life lesson.
The main way cheating hurts you is that you don’t learn what you were supposed to. You might be able to get away with it from time to time, but missing those valuable bits of information will catch up to you. On top of that, you are lying. Lying to your teacher, your friends and, most importantly, yourself.
The past can haunt you.
Want to go to the movies with your friends next weekend? Too bad, you skipped studying for your last exam so now you must study twice the material for this one. Yeah, you were able to peak at your neighbor’s paper to get a decent grade, but your teacher rearranged the desks. Have fun not having fun.
It is also common for teachers to make more than one version of a test. Cheat off your classmate and you might end up with all the wrong answers anyways. It would have been better to wing it. Except now your teacher knows you copied off another test and you are facing punishment from the school.
You’re more than a grade.
Cheating in school doesn’t only hurt you academically. You’re losing valuable life lessons by cheating. There are a few reasons why people cheat, but the main one is to have good grades. Good grades reflect how well you know the subject. But if you cheated, your good grades are simply a status symbol.
Life experiences and having knowledge are better than status symbols and things. Think about it this way, do you remember what grades you got in first grade? Or even last term? Maybe you do, but do your friends remember your grades? No, they like and respect you because of who you are, not because of what your report card looks like.
It’s OK to fail.
Learning it is OK to fail is a hard-learned lesson. And much harder to learn as you get older and have more at stake. Own your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone misses something from time to time. Talk to your teacher about your grade and why. They may offer extra credit, or they may offer help on being better prepared next time.
There are a million reasons to not study or do your homework. And some of them are good reasons that become legitimate excuses. Cheating to make up for something out of your control might work—for a while. But talking with your teacher and explaining what happened is a better option. And one that will help you more as you grow up. People understand that life isn’t always predictable, and it is OK to let them know when yours hasn’t been.
In the end, cheating is only selling yourself short. Don’t sell yourself short. Doing well in school is important. Doing well in life is more important. Take the chance to learn life’s lessons; they are going to be more important than a grade later in life.