Anne Arundel Community College Student Wins Viral Internet Fame with ‘Cheat Sheet’

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A bold interpretation of his accounting professor’s instructions for an accounting test paid off for Elijah Bowen.

Reb Beatty, an assistant professor at Anne Arundel Community College, posted a photo on Instagram and Facebook on Tuesday of Bowen, one of his students, taking a test with a massive poster board-sized cheat sheet beneath his exam.

“First test day of the semester and as always, I allow a 3×5 notecard,” Beatty wrote in the caption. “Today, a student shows up with this. Sure enough, it is 3×5… feet.”

Rather than shut Bowen down or chew him out, Beatty took it as a sign that he just wasn’t specific enough with his instructions. “As precise as I am, apparently I never specified inches and therefore yes, it was allowed. Well played and lesson learned for me,” he wrote.

The internet loved the studious, if not Spicoli-esque scene. The post went viral on Facebook over the next three days, getting shared nearly 24,000 times as of Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Unsurprisingly, Bowen benefitted from receiving permission to use his massive cheat sheet. On the linked Instagram post, he wrote back to his professor with a message of thanks, then added in a subsequent comment, “if I failed the test you can have my skateboard.”

“I think your skateboard is safe,” Beatty replied. “I’ll try it out in the hall someday, though.”

Isn’t the internet great?

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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