Integrity but to uphold one’s sense of morality

Integrity to me means to be Superman! I know it’s a rather uncanny
thing to write in a college application, but hear me out. We all know Superman
is a fictitious comic character, who wields absolute power, but what does being
him really means? Does it mean to be more powerful than others, or does it mean
to be an alien, or does it mean to lead a masked life? None of those. If we do
a ‘Root Cause Analysis’ of all the superman stories that we have till now, it
becomes rather clear. The character ‘Superman’
is nothing, but Integrity manifested in human form! Without his integrity, at
best he could have been a spoiled, whiny, apathetic sun-god, and at worst he
could have been death-reincarnate who practically no one could have stopped.  Being superhuman doesn’t mean wielding
paranormal powers, but to uphold one’s sense of morality and justness when in a
position of responsibility. This can be any position, right from motherhood to
a corporate CEO. It’s at this moment, when we wield power to influence
decisions and bring changes, integrity matters the most.

Integrity plays an important role in maintaining equilibrium
in every sphere of life – professional, academic or personal. Say for example,
if the supervisor at a place of work takes undue advantage of his position in
giving promotions, not only such a thing would repel talent from that
organization, but also cause an ultimate breakdown of the entire professional
machinery of that place. If a student plagiarizes term papers from his peers, it
might result into academia’s merit bases award system losing its value. Every
position of responsibility, no matter how small, demands integrity.

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As an academic institute which values integrity above else
all, Purdue should expect nothing less from its students. Having this as an
indispensable quality is not optional, but is necessary in a world so
interconnected. One small step can have ripple effects ruining or building
someone’s life- and for future leaders, morality and uprightness is a must if
we want to achieve brilliance. However, a university is quite often a place
where students brew their intellect, learn right from wrong, and grow as
individuals. According to Webster Dictionary, Inquisition and Exploration
are two synonyms of the word study. As a student one should be given some
amount of leeway, but not at the cost of their other fellow peers. Students
should be given the opportunity to learn about Integrity, and the
responsibility for such an education does not only lie only with the
authorities concerned, but also their peers. The consequences for any such
indiscretion cannot be generalized and should only be made on a case-by-case
basis.  

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