Keep your socializing to social circumstances

Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief  Ω

I received our first real “letter to the editor” this week, and as such I feel that I should really make some room for it even though we don’t get enough of them regularly enough to make it even a semi-regular section.

I should elaborate a bit before you get to it.

This letter wasn’t really a “letter to the editor” but rather a letter to you — my fellow students — and as it shares my own editorial thoughts on the matter being discussed, I thought it right to defer most of my editorial space to another anonymous source who shares this view and has phrased it so eloquently.

I will comment on the piece itself after its conclusion—as I’m sure you were all hoping to read my words at some point today, right?

Without further ado, I give you the Omega’s first “letter to the editor,” and I thank the anonymous source out there who provided it.

“Dear classmates,

“I love coming to class. I love sitting in lecture and listening to the professor speak. I enjoy participating in hands-on exercises. I love hearing your perspectives and insights. I have gotten to know a number of you and I quite enjoy your company.

“Unfortunately, the things that I love about coming to class are often ruined by the inconsiderate actions of others.

“To all my classmates who deem it necessary to chat online for the entirety of class, at least try typing quietly. The noise of you hammering away on the keyboard is not helping me absorb the professor’s lecture. It’s actually giving me a headache. If you would
rather spend class time chatting online, I have a suggestion for you: stay at home. Don’t disturb my learning experience. Don’t disturb the learning experience of any of your classmates. I won’t speak for anyone else, but I will venture a guess that they don’t appreciate inconsiderate individuals interfering with their learning experience.

“I realize that some students take notes using Microsoft Word; that is acceptable. But when I see you talking to friends on your social media page, that is where my tolerance ends.

“To all my classmates who would rather watch YouTube videos while classmates give presentations, don’t be rude. Your classmates gave you their undivided attention when you nervously stumbled through your presentation. The least you can do is show the same respect that your classmates gave to you. It’s just common courtesy.

“To all my classmates who would rather have their own individual discussion rather than participate in the group discussion, please choose to gossip on your own time. I appreciate chatting with friends, in fact I love talking with my friends. My issue is that I do not appreciate it when your chat time interferes with class discussion.

“When I have difficulty hearing the class discussion because you are having a loud and unrelated personal chat, there is a problem.

“In conclusion, all that I am asking for is a little respect for our shared learning environment. I probably sound like a grumpy, old, high-strung keener, and feel free to think of me in that way if you wish. All I want is a classroom learning experience free of
distractions and interruptions where fellow students respect one another. I don’t think that should be too much to ask.

“See you in class.

“Sincerely,

“Eager but frustrated in 3rd-year”

Dear “Eager but Frustrated,”

I hear you, my friend. These people — while I’m sure they know somewhere inside themselves that they are annoying the people around them and simply do not care — clearly don’t understand that it’s not only their own educational goals that they are hindering with their self-entitled and arrogant behaviour, but the goals of others who are attempting to better themselves in attending a post-secondary institution, as well.

If they did know that, they would obviously cease these actions, right?

Because knowing you’re annoying (and not caring enough about people to spare them your presence) is one thing — being a hindrance to others’ development is quite another.

So to them I say this:

Now you know this is what you are.

Go home and play your Facebook games and Skype with your girlfriend.

Because it’s obviously more important than your own development as an academic — and we’ve already established that you’re more important than anyone else.

2 Comments

    • Anthony Abraria Oct. 20, 2011