One high school student in Texas just nailed the old ‘work smarter not harder’ adage when they came up with a brilliant workaround for a homework assignment. The task was to write a resume and cover letter for one Marvel character. Rather than debate the strengths, weaknesses, and career highlights of Iron Man versus Black Widow, however, the student just chose Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy ⏤ a.k.a the only Marvel character whose vocabulary is limited to the same three words. Brilliant.
Last week, my students had to pick a Marvel character to embody within a resume and cover letter. The idea that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take lives within one particular student of mine.
As the teacher put it in her original Facebook post, this student is a shining example of how you’ll miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Hilariously enough, the sentence “I am Groot” — while it sounds like just three words in English — to the character could easily mean “this is a ridiculous prompt,” or “I shouldn’t have procrastinated,” or “I hope this works and my teacher admires my good humor enough to give me at least a 65.” Or, who knows, it could also mean: “Managed sales staff of three and drove company profits by 167% over a seven-month period.” It’s unclear.
Either way, the student’s craftiness paid off ⏤ they reportedly got a good grade for their clever slacking and/or outside-of-the-box thinking.