My Top 10 Classroom Pet Peeves…(REALLY? You have to do that now?)

15 Nov

I don’t want to sound pessimistic or preachy here…but we really need to talk.

There are some things that you just don’t do in class. Here’s my list – if you think I’m missing something, let me know!

#10 – People that walk in late.

Now, I’m not talking 5, 10 minutes late…I mean coming into the lecture when it’s half over. There comes a point where you just have to admit that you missed class and give up.


#9 – The Prof is late.

I have a lot of respect for my Profs, but…really? You’re the one person in the room that should not be consistently late.

#8 – People that leave early.

I get it…sometimes you have legitimate excuses to leave class early, but I’ve seen people get up in the middle of a lecture, walk right in front of the Prof while he/she is teaching, and leave the room. Granted, this is probably more annoying for the Prof…but it’s still distracting for me when I’m trying to pay attention.

#7 – People that try to save seats for their friends.

I get it…you want to sit with your friends in class. So, you save seats for them by putting your coat on the chair beside you, or your backpack…which makes sense when it’s only one or two seats you’re trying to save. However, I’ve seen people abuse this system by trying to save an entire row of seats. They put a coat on one chair, their book on another, a pencil case on the next, and so on until all they have left to save a seat with is a pen.

Really? A pen? If you’ve tried to save so many seats that all you have left to put on one is a pen, you’ve gone too far.

#6 – People who put their feet up on the chair beside me.

Really? If it’s a widely accepted taboo if you’re in a movie theater, so don’t do it in a lecture hall.


#5 – People talking.

Again…if you wouldn’t do it in at the movies, don’t do it in class!

#4 – People that try to carry on a conversation with me during class.

I’m okay with the occasional comment from the person sitting beside me, but I really don’t want to have a whole conversation while I’m trying to listen to the lecture. And if you’re just telling me the answer to a question or giving your opinion about something the Prof has just said, don’t tell me…raise your hand!

#3 – People that use whatever means necessary to plug something in.


Let me tell you an awkward story.

I’m sitting in the seat closest to wall and the nearest outlet. I’m not using said outlet. A person sitting beside me wishes to charge their phone. Said person leans over me to get to the outlet. This person has trouble reaching the outlet. They keep trying, and keep reaching over me. They might as well be sitting in my lap. This person is a stranger to me. They did not simply ask me to plug in the charger for them.


#2 – People that watch YouTube videos in front of you.

Why bring a laptop to class if you know you’re not going to be able to resist the temptation to watch something? I got really distracted the other day in class when a guy in front of me was watching NBA basketball highlights on YouTube.

Really? It couldn’t even be a video of something I’m totally not interested in like a cat video or twerking?

#1 – People that eat during class.

Here’s another story for you.

I’m sitting in class when I realize that I haven’t eaten yet that day. My stomach starts growling…I start thinking about what I want to eat…I’m picturing myself with a nice, big sub in my hands…I can’t wait for this hour to be over so that I can hit up Subway….

And then, a guy comes in—late (ugh)—and sits down beside me. He reaches into his bag, pulls out a foot-long sub and starts going to town.


I know I keep saying this, but if ever there was a situation worthy of a “Really?”…it’s this one.

So, once and for all…

REALLY? I mean, REALLY though…


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