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Taken by Ariel Orr

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Ariel Orr, Junior Editor

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How would you feel if you spent four weeks writing a research project and someone copied it word for word from your file without your permission? I don’t know about you, but I would be very upset. You may not realize it, but copying someone else’s work is plagiarism and is actually illegal.

Plagiarism is wrong and should be taken seriously.

It may seem easy and harmless at the time, but it is not. Someone worked very hard on the work that is being stolen, yes stolen, from them.  What takes minutes to copy most likely took hours to complete the first time.

Take pride in your own work. Every time I complete an assignment, a work of art, or write a paper, I am proud of what I have accomplished. That sense of pride is not felt when you simply copy and paste work that someone else did. Stop and take the time to do it yourself. By the time you steal someone else’s work, you could have just done it yourself honestly.

Plagiarism can result in zeros, loss of credit, and even legal action. Is it worth the risk? I know I would feel so guilty; It would eat away at me on the inside to the point I would not be able sleep at night. Not to mention the embarrassment that would follow me for years, or maybe even my whole life, if I got caught. It is just not worth it.

Do your own work, and be proud of what you do. Do not take the easy way out, and tell yourself that the consequences are not worth the extra time you may have to spend doing homework instead of fangirling over the next big thing. Put in your earphones, and it will be over in no time.

There is nothing worse than someone who claims someone else’s work as their own. Do your own work; do not be a thief.

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