I tried to write the paper and leave that part out, but it just didn't work. It was flat and unauthentic. How do you write about your life and leave out the most defining moment of it?
I ended up writing it the way I wanted. It was personal and passionate and I knew it was a good paper.
I got an A.
In fact, I received the highest grade in the class.
My teacher gave me a gift for getting the highest grade, which I thought was very nice. He pointed out that I made points (beside my loss) that no one else had ever done in any of his classes. He was impressed with my way of thinking and said he enjoyed my paper. But I can't help but feel like I didn't really earn that grade. I sort of feel like a cheater. Like I pulled the pity card to get a good grade. It feels like an empty victory.
Am I a cheater? What would you have done?