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  • - My freshman year of college, I cheated on a final,

  • and this is that story.

  • Okay, before we start, cheating might be a strong word.

  • Actually, maybe it's not.

  • I'll leave that up to all of you.

  • Okay, here we go.

  • So I was home on a little break from school.

  • Nothing holiday related, just a weekend at my parents house.

  • It was Sunday and I was leaving that night

  • to fly back to school.

  • My point being school and home were not close to each other.

  • If I'm being honest, it's a little tough

  • to go to school in a place that's far from home.

  • Especially if you're someone like me

  • who gets homesick from time to time.

  • Anyways, it was end of April, Spring semester

  • was winding down a.k.a finals season.

  • The pressure was on.

  • I'm gonna be bold here,

  • I'd classify myself as in intelligent person.

  • Now when I say that, would I call myself a genius?

  • I don't think I would.

  • Would I call myself dumb?

  • I don't think I would.

  • And I like school, I like learning

  • so I'm not really sure what came over me

  • on that faithful day.

  • Before I knew it, I was heading back

  • to school on that Sunday night.

  • I had a final the very next morning, Monday morning.

  • For whatever reason, before I even left my parents house,

  • I thought to myself, I'm not taking that test tomorrow.

  • I'm gonna email my teacher now,

  • tell him my flight got canceled

  • and I could take it later that week.

  • My thought was, I could buy myself a couple extra days

  • and get ready for the test in my own time.

  • It was a slam dunk.

  • I guarantee a surefire plan.

  • Maybe I was a genius.

  • I sent the email, got on to my very not canceled flight,

  • and went back to school.

  • I'm feeling good, real slick.

  • Until I get back to my dorm.

  • There's a reply to my email.

  • "Hi Brigid."

  • Perfectly acceptable greeting.

  • "No problem, sorry to hear about your flight.

  • "Just bring me proof of your new flight,

  • "and we'll be all good."

  • (clock ticking)

  • How did this happen?

  • This was supposed to be an easy plan.

  • Okay, okay, okay, just calm down.

  • I have no choice but to own up to my mistakes

  • and face the situation that I've created.

  • Or...

  • Or, and hear me out, I look up

  • I don't know, a template for a plane ticket,

  • create a fake boarding pass to present to my professor.

  • I was in too deep.

  • I couldn't confess.

  • This became Operation Fake Ticket.

  • We arrange a new time for me to take the final,

  • that's a few days away.

  • I needed to craft something that was believable.

  • Actually, more than believable, authentic.

  • He's a smart guy, he's a college professor.

  • He could probably look up if a flight was real.

  • So I just needed to make it seem like I was on that flight.

  • I was starting to feel like I was a character on Lost.

  • Somehow, after days of studying, and terrifying nights

  • of dreams of expulsion, I completed both tasks.

  • Not only was I ready for my final,

  • I was ready for the greatest trick I'd ever pull.

  • It was the day of the test.

  • I walk into his classroom,

  • my heart is pounding out of my chest.

  • There he is.

  • I'm trying to figure out what he's thinking.

  • So far, he seems oddly calm.

  • I think I'm ready for this test,

  • and oh here's that airline information you asked for.

  • I hand over the goods, he looks them over briefly

  • and sets them down.

  • Internally I'm like, and that's how it's done baby,

  • we just pulled this off.

  • "Okay, cool!

  • "So while you take the test,"

  • "I'll just give the airline a call

  • "to make sure you were on the flight."

  • Excuse me?

  • I'm surprised I didn't just burst into flames

  • right then and there.

  • Yeah, no, of course, that sounds good.

  • I'm trying to play it cool.

  • He hands over the test, I take a seat

  • at the desk in his classroom, my life, it was over.

  • This is it.

  • This is how it ends.

  • He leaves the room, I take the test.

  • Oddly enough, he never returns.

  • I leave my finished test on his desk,

  • leave the classroom and never looked back.

  • Do you have any idea how hard it is

  • to focus on a test when your teacher

  • is trying to catch you in a lie?

  • I could feel my brain melting.

  • I sprung back to my dorm, collect all my friends,

  • explain the new development in the saga.

  • "I feel like you can't just call an airline

  • "and get that information."

  • Says one of smart friends.

  • Yeah, yeah that makes sense.

  • For whatever reason, I had my friend call

  • instead of me and ask the airline

  • if my name came up in a flight manifest.

  • They wouldn't give the information out.

  • Delightful.

  • Nice try buddy.

  • I did it, there's no way he could call me out

  • on my fake plane ticket now.

  • And guess what?

  • A week or so later, I found out I got an A on that test.

  • This wasn't all for nothing.

  • Heads up, the craziest part of this story

  • hasn't even happened yet.

  • Freshman year ends, I end up transferring to another school,

  • it was closer to home and just a little more my speed.

  • One day, I'm sitting on campus waiting for a class to start

  • and suddenly, there's an odd shift in the air.

  • You know when you can just feel

  • when something is about to happen?

  • "Brigid, right?"

  • I hear a voice ask.

  • I look up, my heart stops.

  • It's my fucking teacher.

  • The guy that I duped.

  • He's staring at me.

  • Yes, it's me, Brigid.

  • How are you?

  • "Good to see you." He says.

  • Starts to walk away, I swear on my life,

  • I'm not making this up.

  • "Nice job with that plane ticket."

  • What is this?

  • A goddamn movie?

  • People don't talk like that,

  • this doesn't happen in real life.

  • Apparently this happens in my life.

  • What was he even doing here?

  • Why was he at my new school?

  • I have expected him to do that thing in scary movies

  • where he crosses a street, a bus drives by and disappears.

  • Obviously, I go home and look him up immediately.

  • Turns out, he's an adjunct professor at my new school.

  • Oddly enough, we never crossed paths again after that.

  • I think he just wanted to see

  • how far I would take my lie.

  • And he got his answer.

  • I took that lie all the way.

  • Did I learn my lesson?

  • Yep.

  • Would I do it again?

  • Nope.

  • Stay in school kids.

  • (upbeat jazz music)

- My freshman year of college, I cheated on a final,

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    Samuel posted on 2018/04/10
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