Don't Pretend College Cheating Is Only From Famous Parents

Stop Pretending That The Only Cheating That Is Happening In College Is From Famous Parents

We all see it, so why is no one doing anything to change it?

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In the wake of arguably the worst college cheating scandal to date, all eyes are on the nation's elites. Lori Loughlin is on TV more now than in the prime days of Full House, and some of Hollywood's most well-known names are being photographed in handcuffs. This scandal has ignited the world in a frenzy of anger toward wealthy families and bribery.

While those accusations and frustrations are understandable, maybe attention should be redirected to cheating in general. Cheating at elite colleges runs rampant, and more often than not, professors and other students turn a blind eye.

Most universities and colleges in the United States function off of their own honor code. The hope is that the punishment for being caught cheating and the desire to respect the university's reputation will deter students from being dishonest. As great as it sounds, this just isn't the case. While it is nauseating to think about a mom bribing a school with half of a million dollars to get her daughter admitted, the real issue is much larger.

According to an article published by plagarism.org, approximately 95% of college students admit to participating in some form of cheating during their time in school. If 95% of students are breaking the rules, doesn't it make you think that there may be an issue with the system?

Imagine this — you're taking 15 credit hours (the equivalent of 5 classes) at a top university, you're working part-time to pay for housing, food, and school, you're volunteering on campus with an organization you're passionate about, you're a member of four other clubs to strengthen your resume, and you're actively looking for and applying to summer internships — all while trying to maintain a healthy social balance, work out regularly, and eat decent foods.

You stumble into "midterm week" knowing that one test determines 30% of your final grade and there is absolutely no room for error. Halfway through the test, you look up and see a row of students in front of you discretely passing an answer sheet from one friend to the next. You look to the left and see another student reading answers from their Apple watch.

You hear stories of your friend's sororities and fraternities having copies of old tests and quizzes. You know these students will score higher than you despite your lack of sleep and days spent studying — and worst of all, they never get caught. How would you stay motivated? Wouldn't you be tempted? Why would you get out of bed every single day and bust your butt just to score 20 points lower on an exam than a dishonest neighbor?

This is a dilemma college students face every single day. Doesn't a statistic of 95% make you want to do something? Maybe the level of stress placed on students at top schools isn't pushing them to their full potential, but rather, pushing them to cheat, and consequently, learn nothing. How are such distinguished universities maintaining their reputation when their students are dishonest? What happens when their grads enter the real world and have no idea how to do anything for themselves?

The college admissions scandal should not be ignored. It shouldn't be minimized or overlooked, but it should start a greater conversation about integrity and efficiency on college campuses. It should make all of us start to brainstorm positive changes that can be made on campus. It may never be perfect, but it HAS to be better.

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10 TV Shows That Can Replace 'The Office' On Netflix By 2021

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Netflix has done it again. Created a mass panic. But this time the reason is not that "Friends" is being taken down or renewed for a giant price.

No, this time it is much worse.

Netflix has said in just TWO short years, it is likely NBC will be taking 'The Office' down. I know, it is unthinkable. What else are we suppose to rewatch a hundred times and quote endlessly? You cannot simply take Michael Scott off of Netflix. The best thing to ever happen was for Netflix to put "The Office", they made it popular again. And you @ me on that. But now they are removing it. I guess we will just have to watch other shows now.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.

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As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.

1. NO PARENTS 

What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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