Opportunism – “the taking of opportunities as and when they arise,
regardless of planning or principle.”
In college, opportunistic opportunities arise regularly. For a college student, it is quite simple to take advantage of opportunistic opportunities in regards to taking advantage of a parent’s financials. While I believe that if you are going to take advantage of something in an unethical manner, it shouldn’t be with your parents money, however not every student would agree.
I have a friend who did this exact thing. For our apartment we each had to put down a quite large security deposit. The security deposit was an equivalent to our first month’s rent, and with Champaign’s rates, I’m sure everyone can imagine the high number that it is. We all received our security deposit about a week ago with checks made out to our names. Even though I know that each of us had our parents finance our apartments, one friend of mine thought it would be okay to cash that check and keep it for ourselves. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t be able to do that to my parents. I know that my parents most likely forgot about the security deposit that they were expecting to get back, but I knew that stealing their money wouldn’t be the ethical thing to do. After all they have done for me, there was no way I would have felt comfortable not returning them their money.
This situation made me think of how there are so many opportunistic opportunities that stand on a fine line of who would take advantage of them and who wouldn’t. Most of these opportunities have low risks of getting caught, but if you do, there are big consequences. The consequences usually, I believe, are reputational related.