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Case of Academic Dishonesty, with regards to the Common Application and my Guidance Counselor
I am a rising senior at my high school, and I plan to apply to my favorite colleges using the Common App. However, there is a throbbing pain in my life that will greatly hinder my chances of getting accepted to these colleges. Back in 1st semester Freshman year, I plagiarized a small assignment that had to do with book discussions, I received a zero on that assignment, and I had to sign a paper (that went into my school file) that said I acknowledge my academic integrity violation. No suspensions, detentions, or expulsions. I talked with my teacher about my offense and for the rest of freshman year, I worked extremely hard to change the image of myself as a cheater. From then on, I demonstrated a pattern of hard work, honesty, and excellent grades which was recognized by my teachers in Sophomore and Junior year. Presently, as college application season nears, I think back to the serious violation I committed in Freshman year and cannot stop thinking about how the colleges that I apply to will see this academic dishonesty and reject my application. I seriously do not want to handicap my strong chances by marking 'Yes' on the Common App section that has to do with the students' academic history, and by writing a supplemental essay which has to do with the cliched "I take responsibility for my mistakes". Do you think I can convince my guidance counselor to nullify my violation from three years ago and mark 'No' on the Common App if I try to convince her that I am an active citizen in my school, have no other academic violations, and gained the respect of my teachers from my time in high school?9 replies
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