To the kid who didn’t cheat his way through high school…

Keep doing what you’re doing. I know the frustration you must be feeling. To work so hard, studying every night, while 90 percent of you classmates are just flying by whilst having the answers on their calculator. Using that great old website called “Mathaway”, “accidentally” taking the test home, or just getting the answers off the internet. It’s annoying to hear them bragging about their 98 percent on the unit test that they didn’t even deserve while you got an 84, solely using your brain and hard work. This may the most annoying thing to you, but I tell you don’t fall in with the crowd.

Be THAT KID who is known for their character. The people around you are only cheating themselves in the long run. It’s good to be honest. At the end of it all, you can look back at what you’ve accomplished and be proud. YOU and you alone achieved those grades, aced that test and got that 4.0 on your own. Integrity gets you far in life. Something I learned just this year is that you may not know it in the moment, but I guarantee that you always have someone watching you. When people know you for being an honest person, they are attracted to that. They have respect for you because you have respect for yourself.

It’s WAY too easy to cheat through school nowadays, but you can choose not to cheat yourself. Guess what, not cheating now is preparing you for the hard challenges ahead. You know what is truly the best feeling? Working ten times as hard for something, and getting an even better grade than that lazy kid over there who found every answer on his arm. Now THAT is something to be proud of. So go do just that. You’ll never regret hard work and the feeling you get from it no matter what aspect of life it pertains to.

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