The coronavirus pandemic has prevented one “student” from facing the truth – making their parents believe that they had completed a full college course, when in fact they have done nothing of the sort.
According to a post on a university community Facebook page, the impostor claimed they had moved into a building where many students lived, some befriended and even attended lectures to make the story credible.
They said real students were included as well – so they had to claim they were in a separate room to avoid messing around, Birmingham Live reports.
Post to the Facebook page Brumfess, a ‘community’ page where University of Birmingham students share their secrets, the ‘student’ said it started when their ‘very strict’ parents insisted they go to college, but they lied about their results on A- level, because they had failed ‘spectacularly’.
They said it felt good to confess, but admitted that the lack of a physical graduation due to the coronavirus “ couldn’t be more perfect ” because the lie wouldn’t come to light.
And they asked for help to hide their marks on their resume.
The post has garnered over 1,000 likes and hundreds of shares since its publication on Wednesday.
In the story, the social media user writes, “My parents are very strict and wouldn’t accept that I wouldn’t go to college. I had UoB as my regular university, but failed spectacularly in my a-levels and couldn’t even get in my insurance choice. “
Because they knew how sad their parents would be – the Facebook user says they might be cast out – “they lied about my results and made a false result letter they believed.”
The user adds: “Three years ago I moved to a private accommodation in the city center with other BCU students and remarkably everything went well when my parents came with me from London to help me with my move, they thought that everyone in the accommodation was placed there by UoB.
“What I regretted was telling the other students that I was living the lie too, I just wanted to be part of it, but they all believed it.
“I finally went to the first week and managed to join associations as a non-member.
“What made it worse was that I had a friend from home who also took my course and I went too far and told her I couldn’t get into my schedule if she could send me a copy of her.”
As the lie deepened, the user continued, “So when it came to the second year, I got a house with my friends from my course and continued with the lie.
“My biggest concern would be that my parents wanted to graduate, but now that it’s been canceled it couldn’t be more perfect for me.”
But when they revealed their dilemma, they added, “It’s not about my friends from home if anyone knows I’ve faked everything and I’m so deeply into the lie that I’ve considered letting countries escape.
“My parents won’t be happy if I don’t have a job, but I blamed Corona.
“I just put my fake diploma on my resume and agree, I know my profession very well by reading the textbooks and having a conversation with my fellow students.
“Surely no company will check my diploma, so they will consider me fake through and through?
“It feels good to finally admit this, but I mean it if someone knows what kind of controls a company can do, please.”