Spot-stealers ruin unspoken seat rules

Feb. 4, 2015

It’s a new semester with all new classes and a fresh start. On the first day of classes, you show up early and map out the prime real-estate of seating. You pick the perfect spot: the spot that has the best aesthetic, where the professor maybe won’t notice you and it just feels so right.

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You’ve chosen. As your classmates file in, they too choose from the available seating in the classroom. You get comfortable.

You go about the rest of your classes in the same way: scoping the prime real-estate seating throughout the day. You have exactly two class periods and your unofficial seating chart is officially in place; no one can move.

But there is always someone who picks the class up late or just decides they must sit in your seat weeks into the semester. These are the worst kind of people and they are not to be trusted. Any decent human being knows that you have two official class periods and you are done. No moving.

If someone sits in your seat, the one you carefully chose for yourself that satisfied your every need, you must find another place to sit. You then have to choose to sit in another person’s chosen seat. That one person, the straggler, the bane to your existence, has just thrown off the entire classroom arrangement and now everyone hates them.

Don’t be that person. Before you sit, you make sure no one else is sitting there. Two class periods. Two. After that, sitting in a vacant, rejected seat is your only option.

If you’re a person who is a seat-stealer, please consider asking before sitting. Must you really throw off an entire class and be the object of everyone’s hatred? No one wants that. Do the right thing.

So this doesn’t happen to you, I have some words of advice: Get to class early. The earlier you get there, the more first-rate seating is available. Ask before you sit. If you are a weirdo who sits directly next to someone when there are plenty of other open seats, ask that person if it’s OK to sit there. They may politely say no.

Lastly, be courteous. Don’t be the person who hurries into class late and takes the first available seat to only steal a seat the next class period. You’ve chosen; you must live with your choice.