Tenn. Professor hid a cash prize in his semester schedule – and none of his students found it
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Don’t forget to read the instructions!
Students in a class at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga learned this lesson the hard way this semester when they missed out on a small hidden salary in their program.
Kenyon Wilson, assistant director of performing arts, told CNN he tested his 71 students in his class by leaving a clue to a $ 50 bill hidden in the text of the class instructions.
Wilson used the new COVID protocols / information to slyly try to draw attention to the program’s content. “On the first day of class, I told them that there were things that had changed, and that they be sure to read them,” said the educator at the point of sale.
Between the text of an instruction, the clue read: “Thus (free for the first to claim; locker one hundred and forty-seven; combination fifteen, twenty-five, thirty-five), students may be ineligible to take classes. and …”
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Inside that locker for a lucky student was a $ 50 bill and a note that read, “Congratulations! Please leave your name and date so I know who found it. “
Wilson revealed the surprise on Facebook on December 8 as he “retrieved the unclaimed treasure” from its hiding place after final exams.
“My one-semester experience is over,” the professor wrote on the social media platform. “At the start of the term, I put $ 50 in one of our lockers and included the locker number and combination in my schedule for a class of over 70 enrolled.”
Wilson checked the locker at the end of the semester and discovered that the lock had never been turned once.
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“I know my students read, and I don’t expect them to religiously pass word for word, but if they did, I wanted to reward them,” Wilson told CNN.
Haley Decker, a student who took Wilson’s course for 3.5 years, told CNN she thought the experience was “hilarious.”
“This course generally has the same format every semester, so the students know what to expect and don’t take the time to read the program like we should,” she told the outlet. Decker texted his friends about the experience, and they too were amused.
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“I think it was a very smart experiment for Dr. Wilson to try out. It definitely made music students realize that despite the repetitive information, you should still read your program carefully,” Decker explained.
“Everyone was guilty of having absolutely no idea that was in there,” she added later. “We all admitted that we walked through this part of the curriculum briefly because this policy is in every curriculum for every course you take.”