Ethical Issues in an Academic Environment

Importance of Ethics in Business as an Academic Discipline
I was the class representative in my Business class and also happened to be the best in my class. Hence my colleagues regarded me highly and would often come to me for assistance. I knew the potential I had as a good Business student. I used my time wisely in assisting my colleagues, and this enabled me to improve my mathematics and business ability more.
The level of business studies were complex in senior years. My colleagues started to have second thoughts about consulting me on their problems. I wanted desperately to maintain my status quo as the best in Business and Math. I already knew the other alternative, but it sent chills within me because I had never done it before on my entire life on earth. Cheating! Why not solve the problems using the calculators and computer then give my colleagues my paper to copy?
I battled with this thought for some time; weighing the pros and cons of the whole idea. If I did it, I would still pass in my term papers. In addition, I would come up with perfect answers of which if shared with my colleagues, would be appreciated and translate to the maintenance of my glory as the best in Business class. I had to spend long times perfecting my skills, but to no avail and the performance depreciated.
I ended up choosing the former. I would complete my problems using calculators and share answers with classmates to gain fame.
I was chosen to represent the others in annual business competitions. I accepted but was anxious because I had not revised my books and formulas well. The competition did not allow gadgets to be used except for manual solving. I had less than a week to get ready. I could not possibly finish everything on time. When the D- day came, I along with two of my classmates went to the podium. They were used to my already done answers. We stared blankly as questions were being shot one after the other. I Managed to get a few of them right and we finally lost. We watched as the $50,000 price money went to our opponents. As if that was not enough, the students in class failed their end of year exams in business.
This issue had a great impact on me and my fellow classmates. First, teachers started questioning my performance because the questions asked at the competition were more or less the same as the ones we used to do in class and for exams. Both students and teachers up lost confidence on me. It had a great impact on me teachers ensured that I don’t copy. This was for them to be sure that I was as bright as the results showed. This created anxiety on me which made me fail more. The impact it had on others was failure to win and pass exams. I learned that no shortcut to success or fame. Hard work is the best way to achieve success and recognition.

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