10 Things Your Classmates Do That Bug You

10 Things Your Classmates Do That Bug You

Seriously, don't be that guy (girl).

With being back in school for a few weeks now, I'm sure most of us have already found that sacred seat of ours in class. You know, the one that you sit in every day and it's the 'unspoken rule' to not sit in it until one person decides to screw up the whole order. Let me tell you, those people are truly my favorites.

You would believe that by the college level experience, these children would be more pleasant to be around. To sit in a lecture or classroom (that we have to pay to attend because nothing is every truly free) would be easy to cope with if it weren't for 'those kids.' You know which ones. Sometimes, it might just downright be the class but most of the time I don't go a day of class without wondering "why am I being punished like this?"

Here's a little list of things that'll have you face-palming by the time you reach the end. Happy schooling and may the curves be ever in your favor!

1. When you have a quiz the very first day of taking the course.

2. When you see you still have another 45 minutes before class is over.

3. When the one kid that doesn't use deodorant sits right next to you (in a completely empty row).

First off, do you know basic hygiene? Secondly, why did you have to sit directly next to me, the entire row and the one behind was empty?

4. That one kid that brings their entire lunch to class (and it smells revolting).

Just don't do it. If it smells, eat it outside. I know the feeling of having to rush to class and not eating, believe me, we all do. Don't parade your food around in front of us that didn't bring it to class so it wouldn't be distracting.

5. The kid that has his music blaring from the top of the lecture loud enough the professor can hear it.

No comment necessary.

6. Those kids that explain their "blacked out" state last night and all their bad habits.

7. Those kids that discuss their hook up the night before so everyone will know he/she received "some action."

Do you really kiss your mama with that mouth? Not all of us, frankly, none of us care to hear about your wild college nights. Partially because they remind of us our own and partially because we just don't care.

8. That one kid that sits in your seat half way through the semester.

So help me Lord if this happens again. This is an unspoken rule, you sit where you sat the first day.

9. The kid that always manages to hover over you.

10. "Class isn't over, we still have 2 more minutes!"

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5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

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Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.

I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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