I was having a conversation with a friend of mine when we went on to talking about applications and resumes. We got into a debate about if it is ethical or fair at all to lie on your application. On one hand, it seems like a lot of people seem to do this, so the only way to keep up is by lying as well. It really is a shame that a lot of the world has come to a “cheat to advance” mentality, but really so many people cheat their way into success that it is hard not to want to jump onto that bandwagon as well.
Think of why cheating on something like this would be smart. Realistically, no one ever finds out and it just makes you sound more appealing as a student/potential employee. When applying to college, a student can easily say that he/she was the president or member of any club and just make it up to sound legit. The school he or she is applying to would never know what the student really did; the person just sounds like an appealing asset now. Even for jobs, making up college clubs or how active you were in something can really give you a leg up and make you look way more appealing than another applicant.
Another topic of cheating could be taking medication to focus more/have extended time. I understand that some people actually get tested and legally could use this medication, but at the same time is it really fair to have an extra hour or two on a test another student is also taking without the school knowing? This has been an issue that I have heard about regarding the SAT/ACT. The ACT is a test that is based on doing a bunch of problems quickly, but having extra time completely defeats the purpose of doing this. Colleges never know that the student who made a better grade also had an extra hour or two to complete the test. Is it fair to be able to do this? I am biased against this situation simply because I do not have extra time, so when a friend of mine does better I do not believe it is an accurate way to truly judge his intellectual knowledge over my own. We are both applying to the same schools/jobs, so it is logically fair to be tested with the same material in the same time. In the real world, would your boss ever say, “This should be due on Tuesday but I will give you until Wednesday because you have extra time?” That is not a realistic situation. I just think that it would benefit individual people if they were not given this extra time frame to adapt better to not needing it.
Lastly, does cheating ever really catch up? In regards to applying to college, it mostly would not. But would this behavior continue throughout someone’s life? Someone such as Bernie Madoff or the Enron Crew lied and cheated and eventually they were caught. It worked for a period of time, but eventually they could not keep it up. Is that an inevitable situation that will occur after a long enough time of cheating?
In my opinion, cheating and lying about things to advance is unfair and unjust. I do not believe that people should be doing this, but there is no way to truly regulate who is being honest and who is not. So by doing any of this, should people actually feel bad about it or should they feel like they are really just trying to keep up? Is cheating still considered to be that bad, or is it really just the smarter way to go about daily activities?