From a Korean Student:

this is a response to another blogpost.

An overwhelming majority, 83 percent, of public school and private religious school students admitted to lying to their parents about something significant, compared to 78 percent for those attending independent non-religious schools.

I was looking at the stack of several SAT prep books on my bookshelf last night, and a thought flashed across. What do these scores mean? Yes, sure, they indiciate my level of knowledge in respect to how well I work through the SAT exam style. But, I wondered, how good they are in indicating anyone’s level of intelligence. The scores we get from SAT, and the grades we get from school are nothing but numerical values that seem to be more popular if its higher. It  does not reflect the effort we put in studying the subject, does not reflect the extensive thoughts we take out from learning the subject, and it doesnot reflect the potential discoveres students can make from the things we learn. It merely tests “how we can solve those tests.”

That is probably why the colleges ask for those essays that reflect your own personality and interests. Through our writing we show who we are and how we think. But do we really? We do. Only if we write them ourselves. I have tried to avoid making any changes to my college essays regardless of the comments I got from my brother and peers, trying to keep it my own writing. (Sometimes the changes they suggested weren’t just what I would do) But, there are students out there who pay millions to an institution to write it for them. Like machines. Essay factories.

Cheating has become a main concern. We don’t only cheat to get those high numbers in grades. We cheat to fake ourselves. How far can this go? All the outlets through which we express ourselves are all paralyzed by the way students cheat. As we high school seniors prepare for a new level of education in the future, I think it is crucial to remember that all the things we do from this point on is to express ourselves and pursue our own interests and activities. After all… if cheating is what everyone does, how can cheating make you any better than others?

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One Response to “From a Korean Student:”

  1. I hope those are college students.

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