Originally Posted by JadeEast
Here is an amazing essay from someone who writes papers for money.
"thanx so much for uhelp ican going to graduate to now".
I love it. A great piece, unsurprisingly well written, though (also unsurprisingly) not stunning.
It makes sense that this would happen.I just recently finished writing my own ~100 page masters thesis, and it took me months of agony. No one will ever read it, unless they are doing so as an evaluation of me personally rather than my subject matter. I did it myself because it was a subject that interested me, because I couldn't afford to hire someone to write it for me, and because the idea of commissioning a masters thesis disgusts me, but it probably shouldn't. Ethically, I'm no better than that.
If I had been polled as to whether or not I cheated as an undergrad, I would have had to say yes. I cheated on my Spanish placement exam when I was mistakenly given a copy of the test with answers already written in it, and I cheated on a freshman comp. sci assignment when I borrowed code from a classmate's assignment I discovered saved on the lab computer's desktop. I wrote more than one paper for profit as an undergrad, though I justified it by telling myself that I was doing it for friends who were intellectually capable of doing the work themselves, should they wish to. Despite that, would consider myself an earnest scholar, not a cheating statistic.
I appreciate the author's assertion that, in some way, these people's institutions have failed them. Some people use the service to get an education that is more useful to them, rather than experience writing papers. Others use it to pass courses they otherwise couldn't pass. I can appreciate that, too, though I don't like it.