I’ve been MIA lately, but here is the promised sequel to one of my previous posts titled ‘campus etiquette’… classroom etiquette!
- When you are one of the first to arrive to class… DO NOT sit in an aisle seat. As much as you may like a butt/crotch in your face, as the room fills up and people have to climb over you to get to their seat, it’s annoying. **I must admit however, I am a common violator of this rule… I can’t help it, I love the aisle.**
- Class is for many things, attendance points, pop quizzes, and occasionally even learning. But one thing class is not for is socializing. If I make the effort to roll out of bed early, brush my teeth, maybe, just MAYBE even put together an outfit that is somewhat presentable, and walk to class… I want to actually learn the material being presented. Because after all, who knows when I’ll have enough motivation to make it to this class again. The people who are always talking in class, disturbing all those around them, are usually girls. These girls are usually talking to people that they spend endless amounts of time with anyways… so why does accounting class seem to always be the perfect time to talk about how drunk you were last night?!
- Number three is related to number two…. but number two was getting too long. When in class socializing, do NOT ask the most ignorant questions possible. This also includes people that only go to class about once a month. Not only will you piss off the prof. but also the students that take the time to attend the class (and pay attention) every time. Ignorant questions include, but are not limited to: – “I missed last class, did we do anything important?” -“Will this be on the test” -(and for the sorority sisters who spent the last 10 minutes trash talking all their other ‘sisters’) -“Could you repeat that?” -(and for those who dicked around for the first half of the semester and are now realizing that your grade is in fact screwed) “Is there extra credit in this class?”
- When there is an exam, or a pop quiz, or anything that goes on where the entire room is quiet, think about what your doing before you open and begin eating what could possibly the loudest food on earth (think chips, pretzels, cereal, etc…). Seriously, you can wait.
- Here is a really big pet peeve of mine: saving a seat for someone, or even worse yet, saving more than one seat for people. When someone is saving more than one seat… go far away, because that is a sure sign that they are the ‘socializers’ as previously discussed in rule #2. Anyways, I can see saving a seat if you have arrived really early to a class… but I think after class has been in session for at LEAST 5 minutes, and the person is still not there, that seat is fair game for anyone.
- Finally, the last rule (for now). If you plan on leaving class early, for any reason… sit in the back. This kind of correlates to rule #1. Not only does getting up and making everyone move their stuff so you can leave disturb the people in your aisle, but it distracts everyone in the class… because everyone starts looking around the room to see who is making the noise.
**If you have anything else to add, feel free to share.