Until I started blogging, I didn't really write much - was never one to write in journals or diaries (is there a difference?). My previous work life didn't require it, and that was fine with me too. But now I enjoy it, and I enjoy helping tutees with writing too.
This is good since I need to do quite a bit of writing now for school. So I don't mind it, but I'll blame that for my lack of blogging. Too much of a good thing and all that.
And this week, I got an e-mail in my university account offering "custom writing services" a.k.a cheating.
The note listed several reasons to use the service
- tight deadlines
- writing papers prevents you from attending social functions
- papers due the next morning, but you haven't started any
- no time to sit and focus on research
- working on papers bores you
Serilously? I'm not naive enough to not know that there are students who pay others to do assignments for them. This is the first time anyone has hit me up, though. Their note mentions that the are available on Facebook, WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat, Line and Skype". Geesh, they're everywhere.
They advertise writing assistants who *help* students write papers, but the not-so-fine-print advertises that they will
"...confidently provide papers that are original, delivered punctually, and which conform to the writing style of you university/college and that all communications will maintain the highest level of confidentiality..."
Sure sounds like cheating to me. I did an internet search and found all kinds of others. Okay, maybe I am a bit naive about just how many such services exist. I'm curious as to how many customers they have.
In the meantime, I, for one, will continue to do my own work, responsibly and punctually!