A Professional Term Paper Writer

From The Chronicle Review:

The request came in by e-mail around 2 in the afternoon. It was from a previous customer, and she had urgent business. I quote her message here verbatim (if I had to put up with it, so should you): “You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?”

I’ve gotten pretty good at interpreting this kind of correspondence. The client had attached a document from her professor with details about the paper. She needed the first section in a week. Seventy-five pages.

I told her no problem.

It truly was no problem. In the past year, I’ve written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won’t find my name on a single paper.

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.

10 Comments

  1. makes me sad to think that people would rather pay someone so they can pretend to know about a subject for a course rather than actually just learn about it and write about that.

  2. I was not surprised at all when he/she wrote that ESL students are the primary purchasers.

    And he/she’s absolutely right about an emphasis on evaluation rather than learning. It’s like that through every level of education. The best teachers are the ones who try to get the kids to learn AND do the evaluations.

    I know I’m CONSTANTLY reviewing with kids when I sub, just to try and hammer the basic stuff in their heads (which is easier said than done when you sub primarily in learning support).

    1. I agree with all this when it comes to term papers at a bachelors level. But what really threw me was the PhD in Sociology and the Post-doc work in international relations. I mean, getting a PhD in either of those means you’re going to be spending a huge chunk of your professional life writing and publishing. If you can’t write a dissertation or post-doc paper, how are you going to cut it as a professional in your field?

      Also, with the “evaluation rather than learning,” idea – I think writing papers are way better projects than any sort of test, as it allows the student to synthesize what he or she learned in the course with his or her own life experience. Maybe people can’t write because tests have overshadowed papers. . . but is that what you meant by “evaluation rather than learning”?

  3. As a student, I see an enormous amount of cheating on a daily basis, and I have to agree with Dante’s evaluation: that the grading system supplies the main reason why people cheat. I’m pretty stressed out between having to work full time to pay for my education, and taking a full load of classes (major in mechanical engineering, minors in mathematics and physics). The pressure to succeed (especially as a woman), can be crippling; I see few hours of sleep and I am constantly fretting about my grades. It would be tempting to use this service if I had lower expectations for myself and a bigger bank account.

    I am in a degree program with few papers, but yet, I see some pretty frightening cheating happening on projects. It scares the crap out of me that some of these people may be building bridges and skyscrapers in the future (I’m looking at you, you cheating rat bastard “structural engineers”).

    1. I’m commenting on my own comment- is that a little too masturbatory?

      Anyway, I failed to mention my outrage at these students. I don’t think it’s fair to lay a bunch of blame at the feet of the professors, the institutions, the writers of the papers, our culture, or anything else without first taking a good look at the young people in our society and asking them what kind of ethical code do they follow that this kind of thing is even happening? WTF?

  4. We can only hope that their destiny comes full circle when their constantly getting canned from job after job for incompetence. Although I agree with d about these being the people that may be building bridges, skyscrapers, etc. – or tasked with inspecting them (I’m looking at you, BP).

    Personally, I couldn’t write papers for other people with a clean conscience. I’d be too tempted to booby trap it with some kind of hint to the teacher that it’s a fake.

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