Decisions, Decisions

27 Sep

I’d like to take a moment to discuss perhaps the most serious decision a first year student such as myself has to face: front, or back of the class?

I know what you’re thinking…that is not a tough choice.

But where you’re going to sit is the first thing that you think of every time that you enter a classroom.

Are there advantages to sitting up front? Are you missing things by sitting in the back?

Well, judging from what I’ve heard, people seem to think that it makes a difference.

Is it an unfair stereotype to say that the kids that want the best marks and that are the most eager to ask and answer questions sit in the front? Is it untrue that students that just want to have a nap sit in the back? Hmm. It is one of life’s great mysteries.

Well, it is a mystery that fascinates me.

Generally, I’m a sit-at-the-back-and-don’t-call-too-much-attention-to-yourself kind of girl. I don’t take a nap, but I just like to be able to see the whole room in front of me, and not have people stare at the back of my head.

That being said, I sat near the front of the room today. It felt wrong. I never sit near the front.

What did I learn? Well, it’s a lot easier to hear the Prof and the questions asked by the people sitting in the front rows. The lighting was better. I could see the board better. And yet, it didn’t feel right.

So am I crazy? Or can the decision of where you sit effect how well you do in the course? What do you think? Front, or back? Does it even matter?

Maybe who you sit beside is more important than whether you’re in the front or back. You don’t want to sit beside someone that eats their lunch during the lecture (especially when you happen to be really hungry yourself). You also don’t want to sit beside the people trying to catch up on their sleep (who would’ve thought that snoring is distracting?). Oh, and you definitely don’t want to sit behind the person watching YouTube videos that happen to interest you (i.e. NBA highlights).

So maybe front or back isn’t the only decision that you have to make. Maybe there’s more strategy involved in the classroom than everybody thinks.

And then again, maybe not.

Let me know what you think!


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