Etiquette 101

**Warning: I’m going to show my age with this post.**

There should be a course such as this at the college level.   

In general, I am appalled by the lack of respect and manners in younger (aka normal aged) college students.  I realize that times have changed since my first go-around with full-time college, but it’s been rare for someone to say thank you if I hold a door for him or her.  And most people don’t hold doors if someone is behind them.  Nope, they don’t care if it slams in your face. 

And walking on the sidewalk?? It’s laughable sometimes–do they really think it’s a good idea to walk three or four people across the sidewalk?  What about those of us walking in the opposite direction?  That’s ok, I’ll just step out in the street so you can carry on your conversation with your friends.  Loring Ave. isn’t dangerous or anything.  And don’t expect these kids to walk to the right side of hallways or say “excuse me”, either. 

The cell phones…I love my cell phone, I really do.  But I keep it SILENCED during the day, have made less than a handful of calls while on campus in the last week and don’t walk at a snail’s speed and text with a bunch of people walking behind me. 

Don’t get me wrong–I’ve met some amazing “kids”.  There really are kids who really seem to care about going somewhere in the world and who have good manners.  It’s frustrating, though, to be going about my business, trying to get from point A to point B and have to dodge rude people.  I feel like I’ve seen more of that being on a college campus all day instead of just out at Target, doing the “Mom thing”. 

All in all, school is going well.  It’s a lot of work and I’ve been exhausted this week.  I think because I’m tired, I have less patience for this stuff.  Maybe I’m just old and I have higher standards.  Maybe I’ll get used to it.  Regardless, it would be great if Etiquette 101 was part of the core curriculum.  It would be more interesting than some of the required topics!  🙂

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