Thursday, March 19, 2009

I'll Pass...

"Aubrey, you should try it sometime. Everyone does it."

Those words were spoken to me a few weeks ago, during biology. In my biology class, you are able to retake a test as many times as you want as long as you do the "make up" assignment, which is only correcting the questions you originally missed on the test. Generally, most of the kids who retake the test write down the answers, both the ones they missed and didn't miss, on a separate piece of paper so that when they retake the test they can get an A on the retake.

Biology isn't my strength. I don't care a dime about learning how cells multiply and divide during mitosis. Heck, half the time I'm doodling with my Crayola markers, or writing a note to my best friend. Sure, that's probably not the best idea to do when you don't get the class anyway, but I still do it anyway.

Back to the story.
Our tests were being passed back (which I had missed a good portion of the notes from being sick and staying home, and of course my lab partner never ever takes notes) so I didn't do as well as I had hoped. Everyone started to talk about how easy the retake test would be because they'd cheat. I was talking about it with a girl, who told me she always cheats on the retakes. "Aubrey, you should try it sometime. Everyone does it."

To be honest, I have cheated on tests before. Let's just say I was tempted to cheat when I was fading in the gospel a few years ago, and unfortunately, I gave in. Thankfully, I have emotionally and spiritually pulled myself together so I'm not giving in anymore, plus, my CTR ring always is a great physical reminder during test day to choose the right.

So yet again, my peers are pressuring me to do something I do not want to do...and once again, I am going to prove them wrong. I will not cheat on tests. Why not just study harder the first test and not have to take a retake test at all? What if you got caught and recieved a zero--wouldn't your cheating go to waste then?

My standards are set, and cheating is not one of them.


Karen said...

Good Girl! =)

Dennis and Cherise said...

I am so proud of you. I hope you know that a sweet and precious daughter of Heavenly Father. You are making wonderful choices in your life. I heard a wonderful talk today on BYU Radio by Elder David A. Bednar. It is called "Teach Them to Understand". I really think that you would enjoy this talk. Keep up the wonderful decisions, and never let your morals and values down just because everyone else is doing it.

Natalie said...

You are such an amazing girl.
Your commitment and dedication to making good choices is admirable.
The world needs more people like you! Love you girl!!
p.s. You know your spunkiness and fiestiness rock!

Steph said...

i love that you stuck to your gutts! i have that happen to me quite a bit...but i have to constantly remind myself that i am a daughter of God and would he be happy if i did cheat! if we cheat here on earth then we get a FAT zero in the next life.

Snarky Mama said...

Hi Aubrey...this is Natalie's mom. You have grown up into such a beautiful young woman. I love your "fiery" spirit! I enjoy reading your comments on Snarky Belle's blog!

I hope you and your mom know how much she loves y'all.

You are a daughter any parent would be so incredibly proud to call their own.

Keep that faith...mixed with your "real" and awesome colorful personality and this world will never slow you down!

Tell your mom "hi" from Snarky Mama! :)
Love her picture and her comments, as well!

p.s. ( as I mentioned on Snarky's blog one time...I never read comments until after I post my own. I don't like to be influenced, I like my gut reaction. I just saw Natalie's comment....we, indeed think so much alike!) :) :)