Oh yes, cheating. Let me tell you about my limited experience with cheating. When I was in high school, my pre-calculus professor told us to memorize equations. When he said "memorize" he picked up a calculator in a way as to suggest that we program the formulas into the calculators. Well I did, and it wasn't cheating, since he told us to. It was cheating when I did it in my calculus class adn chemistry class in college. Luckily after one semester I grew up a lot, and I have never, will never, and have never been tempted to do it again.
However, many of my classmates are not as mature. I know one student who cheats in his english class. He has a friend who's sister took the class a year ago, and he just hands in her essays. He cheats in every class, and he does well in college as a cheater.
One time I studied physics with the said cheater's friend. We were studying Gauss' Law and magnetic fields and all kinds of stuff. After a few hours of good studying, we said goodbye and good luck next week on the exam.
Exam day: Exam begins. It is hard as hell (Electricity and Magnetism for those who are interested) and has everything. At 4:30 we have to move to another classroom since there is a class scheduled to meet in the room of our exam. While we are walking over to the other classroom, the friend-of-Cheater walks over to me and asks me what the formula for blah-blah-blah is. I just look at him, laugh, and sit down.
I was just pissed that after studying with the guy he thought I would help him cheat. I was also angry that he would ask me to cheat knowing that my major is physics and to be caught cheating would be acedemic suicide.
There is this mentality I have encountered among people saying that friends should let their friends cheat. This is nonsense; if anything friends should do everything they can to protect the honor and integrity of their own friends.
I can honestly say that every class I have been in has had some form of cheating or another going on. In my chem class there are these two lovers that sit across from me right in front of the fume hood. Since the hood is so loud it is possible for them to whisper to one another without too much difficulty. The funny thing is that neither of them are doing well in the course.
Everyone cheats; I can't stand it. In my math class we take a very difficult exam (Differential Equations). It is the hardest exam of the semester, I received a D on it and I do well in math. It had some problem about deriving a numerical method for solving DE's which caught everyone off gaurd. Cheater uses his homework somehow to cheat. Another girl manages to postpone the exam. Not for a day, but for a week, and it was some BS reason too. Of course she finds a student to give her a copy of the exam and she studies every problem. The funny thing was that she got an 89% on it. I will tell you that if I had a copy of the exam in my hands that I would be scoring a 100%, which is probably why I should never cheat. Guess what happened for the third exam? Same damn thing.
I just live with my own honor and just to retain integrity while other people ultimately cheat themselves out of the education they are paying for. The bottom line is that I understand differential equations, physics, etc. while those other students do not and probably will not without a lot of review and actual work. I don't understand why people pay for school and then cheat; they would better serve their interests by leaving school and entering the work force or something.