You’ve selected your major and you’re excited to get started. But you need a background check and you’re pretty sure that it will turn up a conviction from your past. What should you do?


As the title of this blog reads, honesty is the best policy. Tell the truth and don’t try to cover things up. There are several reasons for this. First, there’s the possibility that it may not make a difference and you’ll still be admitted to your program and can obtain licensure. Many boards will offer an opportunity to explain what happened.


Second, honesty is a matter of character. Taking responsibility for what happened can earn respect, especially if you have made changes for the better as a result.


Finally, if you lie about something in your past and it’s discovered later, you could lose your job and/or your license for providing false information. And the further you get in your career, the more you potentially have to lose.


Considering all of the above, we think it bears repeating. Honesty is really the best policy.