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Student submits 19-word essay on Fight Club and earns perfect grade

Daisy Phillipson

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Student submits 19-word essay on Fight Club and earns perfect grade

Today we're looking back to the student-turned-legend who submitted a 19-word essay on Fight Club and earned themselves a perfect grade.

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Most of you will know the struggle of trying to write a 6,000 word paper for school or college - usually done the night before with a few Pro Plus washed down by a can of Monster.

Trying to reach that word count can be an absolute nightmare, but one maverick took a totally different approach and it paid off.

That maverick is Allison Garrett, who was tasked with writing a review on a movie she'd seen.

The former student chose the 90s cult classic Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, whose characters start their own masochistic underground club.

And she did so in just 19 words, which, incredibly, earned her 100/100 from her teacher.

Allison took a chance and it paid off. Credit: Twitter/@allisonbdelk
Allison took a chance and it paid off. Credit: Twitter/@allisonbdelk

Sharing her success on Twitter, Allison wrote: "The assignment description for essay 5 was to write a review of a movie that we had seen. The opportunity arose, and I took my chances."

So, what groundbreaking analysis did she demonstrate to earn such rave reviews?

Quoting the film's most iconic line, she opened her essay with: "The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club."

Adding at the bottom of the page: "That's it, that's my essay."

But she wasn't done just yet, as she also wrote in the comment section: "I cannot say that I am sorry because that would be a lie. Am I proud? Yes."

Anyone who's seen Fight Club will understand why this is genius. Credit: Twitter/@allisonbdelk
Anyone who's seen Fight Club will understand why this is genius. Credit: Twitter/@allisonbdelk

It was a ballsy move to say the least, one that could have gone either way depending on the tutor.

Luckily her teacher saw the funny side, but he did warn Allison not to try it out with other professors - just in case.

They wrote on the comments section of the submission page: "I struggled over this grade for a long time.

"I finally decided you get a grade for a laugh and how relevant your review is for this particular movie.

"Let me warn you: do NOT try this kind of thing with other professors; they may not have my sense of humor."

When it was shared a few years back, it didn't take long for Allison's tweet to go viral, with many praising her hilarious risk.

Her tutor seems like an absolute legend. Credit: Twitter/@allisonbdelk
Her tutor seems like an absolute legend. Credit: Twitter/@allisonbdelk

"They should just go ahead and let you graduate on that note," wrote one, while another said it was the 'most amazing thing ever'.

The student shared an update a few months later, writing: "I took this professor again this semester.

"I walked in, and he said, 'Hey Alli! i just want to say, your tweet almost got me fired, but if I were going to go out, that’s the way it should’ve been. So, thank you.'"

What an absolute legend.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@allisonbdelk/20th Century Fox

Topics: TV and Film, Twitter, Viral

Daisy Phillipson
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