I am studying in Italy, and here cheating is something of an art form!!! Every year, as the high school finals approach, the tabloid magazines are full of tips for students on how to cheat.
I come from a different culture, and to me cheating just doesn't come into my way of operating or looking at the world. I recently sat an exam for my nursing course, and there were so many of us in the exam that we were practically sitting on each others' laps... And boy did the other students lap it up!!! There were more cheat sheets than exams papers in that room...
I've sat four exams so far, and been passed cheat sheets by others in two of them. Afterwards I told them never to do that to me again. Because I'm not interested in cheating. I got a reasonable mark in the first exam, a pretty bad one in the second. But it was enough to get me through. And I know it was all my own work.
To me, those who cheat are just shooting themselves in the foot. How are they going to function in the real world, when cheating is no longer an option??
If others are cheating... so what???!!! Concentrate on your own performance, and forget about them. They don't matter. You do. Be true to yourself, and you won't go wrong. ((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))