I am very concerned for some of my peers at the University of Mary Washington. Despite the fact that many of us are intelligent and caring people, it has become clear to me that a few UMW students apparently never passed kindergarten. So for all of you UMW students who missed out on the experiences of eating paste and naptime, here are a few rules you should follow:
1.) If you make a mess, clean it up! I know what you’re thinking: “I have to be responsible for my own trash, and if I spill something I should do something about it?” A crazy concept I know! But maybe, just maybe, this will make our campus cleaner and more beautiful.
2.) If there is a line of people, you wait at the end of it. If you go to your teacher’s office during office hours, and you realize that there are several people waiting to see the same professor, then those people get to go in first. If you’re in a really super-duper big hurry, tell the other people who have been waiting and see if they don’t mind you cutting in. Don’t just walk into the office before everyone else who was waiting.
3.) Use indoor voices. Now, turning up “America’s Next Top Model” loud is addictive, but if only a paper-thin wall separates me from my neighbors, I’m going to make an effort to be quiet. Even if these times are not designated “quiet hours,” I know some people might be studying, sleeping, or they simply might not want to listen to me play the “Wicked” soundtrack at full volume.
I know, these “rules” might seem a little crazy, but I’ve been able to follow them for almost twenty years, I think you can do it too!
Erin Hoesly is a sophomore.