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Courtesy, respect make a difference in everyday life

Alex Cooke

Issue date: 10/10/08 Section: Opinion
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Certain things annoy me easily. I may be touchy, or just plain grouchy, but I still believe that inconsiderate actions are valid reasons for annoyance. To me, being considerate is about being aware - aware that we share this place with each other. Thus, when people blatantly demonstrate that they're unaware of those around them, I get a bit upset. Really, I don't mean to rant, but I am trying to convey a tone of irritation with these actions. Here are a few that I find particularly frequent on campus:
Stopping to have conversations in the middle of the sidewalk and/or walking three-wide on the sidewalk. Sidewalks are like roads. Those of us behind you do not appreciate having to go "off-roading" through the mud because you decided a busy sidewalk was a good place to talk about last night's episode of The Office. Please take it to a more suitable place. I don't wish to terminate your conversation; I love The Office. I just wish you'd step aside to discuss it.
Not responding to e-mails. To me, e-mails are like phone calls. If I call you, I expect you to return that call. I don't understand why e-mails should be any different. If you don't intend to answer e-mails, either tell me so or get rid of your e-mail address. Really, this is a pretty simply courtesy. Not answering my e-mail is the equivalent of telling me I'm not worth your time.
Eating loudly in class and/or leaving your trash behind. OK, college is pretty cool. You can wear whatever you want to class, you can eat in class; really, you don't even have to go to class. However, noises in class are disruptive and eating is no different. Don't get me wrong, if you want to eat your sandwich or yogurt or whatever in class to hold you over, it's no loss to me. However, if you're going to eat your sandwich, yogurt, chips, drink, and cookie, all the while rustling the plastic, smacking your lips, and chewing loudly with your mouth open, do it on your own time. Noise is noise. Furthermore, if you choose to eat, please clear the space for those who will occupy it next.
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