Being a college student must be high stakes and especially stressful during a pandemic because one misstep could feel like the end of the world.
At least that is what it must have been like for one student who realized she submitted an essay that had a profanity-laden title scrawled on every page of her assignment.
Her roommate captured the mortified pupil’s reaction in a TikTok video and captioned it with:
“My roommate submitted her mid-term paper without changing the title.”
The clip went viral with over 5.8 million views and can be seen here.
The person filming tried to console the sobbing scholar by asking what happened and was asked:
“Can you like resubmit something on Blackboard? This is not funny. I’m so sad.”
The camera then panned over to the roommate’s laptop and zoomed in on the essay heading, which read:
“stupid f’king paper that has no meaning.”
The final shot of the clip reversed to reveal the videographer, who tried her best not to laugh from the schadenfreude as her roommate’s high-pitched wailing continued in the background.
Teachers who got a kick out of watching the video said they would give her a passing grade.
The student has since apologized for the gaffe and penned a formal email to her professor which was screenshot and included in a follow-up TikTok video.
Expletives were conspicuously absent in the letter.
“This morning I turned in my mid-term synthesis paper and I thought I had double checked everything.”
“After I turned it in, I realized that the title is not appropriate and not what I wanted it to be. I am very sorry and understand that it is not appropriate.”
“It was a rough draft and I tend to do this is my papers to help me get started.”
“I am attaching the correct document. Once again, I am so sorry.”
Fortunately, the professor was understanding and allowed the updated essay to be submitted. The student said she was “waiting for the grade.”
The blunder serves as a reminder that when it comes to important documents, double-checking – and even trip-checking – ensures against embarrassing mistakes.