In college, when a professor announced we’d get to use a notecard while taking a test, it was like the clouds parted and a host of angels started singing. Good times.
Last week a college student named Elijah Bowen, outsmarted the system by picking up on a technicality most students had missed … that I had also missed as well. Professor Reb Beatty, who I had for accounting years ago, is a business administration professor at Anne Arundel Community College. Every year he allows students to bring in a “3-by-5” note card for the first exam of the semester, and failed to specify the units. Bowen skirted by his rule by bringing in a 3×5 foot cheat sheet instead! Man, why didn’t I think of that?!
“As precise as I am, apparently I never specified inches and therefore yes, it was allowed,” Beatty wrote on Facebook alongside an image of Bowen with his enormous poster board. “Well played and lesson learned for me.”
The post has been circulating on Twitter and shared nearly 100,000 times at time of writing. Students cannot help but applaud Bowen’s creativity and cheek in bending the rules.
First test day of the semester and as always, I allow a 3x5 notecard. Today, a student shows up with this. Sure enough, it is 3x5... feet. As precise as I am, apparently I never specified inches and therefore yes, it was allowed. Well played and lesson learned for me. @elijahbowen_ #aacc #audacious #professorlife #accounting #winner