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The Academic Mercenary!

College Education is filled with papers and assignments and all types of other literally works that you have to do to finish certain courses. I remember back in the early days it was the nerds who knew about Google and the ability it had to search through all the different materials, it was the perfect research tool from even a decade ago and back then no one knew. I had many assignments to finish books and write the conclusions I had and its relationship to certain aspects of history, and a lot of other things which bored me to death but I had to have it done. I would work on my papers and many times I knew they were horrible but I would be too tired to think of anything else and just submit hoping for a B, and not that I am the saint I would always add some puff pieces from online research, add a few quotes here and there to make it sound smart. A lot of times I remember I would rephrase an idea so it wouldn’t be technically plagiarizing but I would use about 50% of the same words. I remember I would freak out of being kicked out for plagiarizing or copying that I would site so much that my sources page would be a few pages long.

Now before visiting some friends in Boston I never thought of someone writing a paper for me as a possibility. I remember going to Boston in May of 2003, it was my first visit there in a while, and I’m not the biggest fan of the east coast but I wanted to see some friends. Then I was introduced to a woman, a caucasian women, she is a friend of a friend and they were discussing a paper and then she said it would be at the usual price of $25 per page. I didn’t understand what she meant only to later find out that she is a professional paper writer, she would write papers on all subjects and forms. I was shocked to know that someone would pay for a paper, and it cost so damn much, just 10 pages for $250, and she was doing a 30 page paper so thats $750 which was close to half my rent. I never said I was a saint in College but paying someone to write your paper is such an insane concept and a waste of money. My first thought is that this is very stupid, only to find out it was so wide spread in Boston, that women’s rent was paid for by some Emarati guy, and she wrote a lot of papers for many Saudis and Kuwaitis. You can imagine that the majority of her customers were from the Middle East and cant put two words together. That was the shock of my life at the time, I just can’t imagine having someone completely write a paper for me let a lone pay so much for it, some papers cost thousands of dollars. I would ask a friend to proof read it and later tell me that what I wrote was crap and fixed it up, that I always appreciated but paying someone was just plain wrong and a huge waste of money. And I remember getting a C+ in English in my first year of College because my teacher said she saw the effort I put it but my English was abismal at the time. I thought I worked so damn hard that I deserved better, and I was never a poem type of guy but that was it for my literally skills. Read the article below which tells the story of the “The Shadow Scholar” or The Academic Mercenary as I would like to call them. (Click The Link For the Full Article)

I’ve written toward a master’s degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I’ve worked on bachelor’s degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I’ve written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I’ve attended three dozen online universities. I’ve completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else.

You’ve never heard of me, but there’s a good chance that you’ve read some of my work. I’m a hired gun, a doctor of everything, an academic mercenary. My customers are your students. I promise you that. Somebody in your classroom uses a service that you can’t detect, that you can’t defend against, that you may not even know exists.

Link: TheChronicle