Let’s talk about my mid term tests that just ended less than a week ago. And no, I am not going to whine about how difficult these tests were, neither am I going to brag about how well I did. I am just going to talk about the issue of cheating. Oh no no, its not a big issue, we see it in every single test, be it starting earlier, turning to the neighbors for answers, blatantly discussing with each other while the paper is being collected or refusing to stop writing after the time is up. I just cannot hide my disgust when I see such happenings around and it occurred in every single test that I have taken.
Someone told me this before:
“Hey look, your future employer will not be concern with how you attain your grades; they are only interested in that first class honors. So who cares if you did it through cheating? The point is to get the good grades through whatever means available. When there is a chance to better my score, I will grab it. Who cares about integrity?”
Oh yea, I must be so damn dumb to advocate this uprightness. I am so stupid not to start earlier when I have the chance since the invigilators are not watching anyway. Oh yes, even starting a few seconds earlier is going to give me a hell lots of advantage. And I should not hesitate to ask my neighbors if I dunno how to do some questions, making wonderfully beautiful sounds so pleasant to the ears to attract his attention. I will be so satisfied with myself when I finally pissed my neighbor off who eventually show me the answers. Moreover, I must be really dumb not to peek at the person in front of me at the LT exam venues to see which ovals he shaded. And at the end of the day be really really please with myself for getting a high score by doing so. And not forgetting, I must not listen to the invigilators when they tell us to stop writing. After all, there is still some time when they get to me, I could still figure out this problem and get at least ONE mark more. Hey ONE mark is very important, I am so sure it can bring my grade from C to A ok? Furthermore, I should have kept a lookout for my friends’ location so that I can SHOUT out loud to ask them for the answers before the invigilators get to me so that I can change them. To make it less obvious we will communicate in some foreign language which most dun understand so that people will think that we are merely chatting away. Oh yeah, chatting while the invigilators are collecting the papers is perfectly alright here in nus. And finally, 10 years down the road when I look back at my uni days, I will be so enormously proud of myself for achieving impressive grades through such devious means.
On a serious note, I do not see the point in cheating that few marks, gaining that slight advantage and above all annoying all the people around them who are trying to uphold this honesty. Yet, there will be some people with the mentality as the above quote, accusing people like me of not being able to see the big picture. It’s a fucking practical world, they say, it’s just the good grades that matters, what integrity? Yea, perhaps I dun get it, but certainly life is not just a rat race, there is more to it. I just hope I am not alone in fighting for what is morally right.