As syllabus week has come to a close at the College, I have taken in a few new sights in the classroom. I am an observer and often find myself looking around at others, constantly. I am a people watcher, and I can't help but notice weird things that others do in the classroom. Each professor has their routine of going through the syllabus during the first class, and it is more than obvious that college students, especially, are never ready for classes to start. Here is a list of 7 things I have observed, during syllabus week, that College students do in the classroom except for listening and learning:
1. Online Shopping
I am guilty as charged. I often find myself searching Amazon for little trinkets that you can't find in stores. My prime account and the 1-Click Purchase option gets to me EVERY SINGLE TIME. Besides, what college professor is going to stop their lecture, and walk to my desk, and make me get off Amazon??
2. Surf Social Media
As sad as it is to say, social media has taken over the lives of so many people. Even myself, if I have more than 3 minutes to wait - I find myself pulling out my cell phone to scroll through my Instagram feed. Being so in touch with today's society has its pros and cons - but, it has become so addicting that some people use it to occupy themselves rather than listening in class.
3. Work On Other Assignments
College can be tough at times, believe me. The workload for some courses is immense. I thoroughly understand why some people use class time to study or work on assignments for other classes, however - there is nothing a little time management can't fix. By not paying attention in one class in order to catch up on another - you will land yourself mediocre grades across the border.
4. Watch Netflix
This may come across as alarming to some folks, but believe me - I have seen it all. There are students who come to class and watch Netflix, rather than paying attention to their professor. I mean, if you are able to watch Netflix and make straight A's in the class - all the power to you, I could never do it!
5. Text Fellow Classmates About The Lecture
No, I was not snooping. But, I have caught myself a couple of times texting my friends using my laptop, talking about the matter at hand during class. Texting is much quieter, more convenient, and less distracting - Am I right?!
Although I have observed many more sights throughout syllabus week - some are just too extravagant to share. Coming back to college after Winter Break is exhausting, I can agree. However, starting the semester on the right foot can set you up for success in the year's to come. If anyone is going to not pay attention during class, this is definitely the time to do it!!!