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Etiquette Tip of the Week: The Other College Challenge By Callista Gould, Author and Certified Etiquette Instructor, 8/20/19

In college, I had a history class called, “Hellenistic World and Rome.” The midterm was so grueling, three students read the test, put down their pencils and walked out.

In the class after the midterm, I was sitting quietly, minding my own business, when this young man I didn’t know, sat down beside me, turned to me and said loudly, “Was that a test from Hell, or what?! I think Satan himself wrote that test!”

The professor, only feet away, immediately looks up, looks at him, then looks at me. I am a deer in the headlights, gesturing wildly and mouthing the words, “I’m not with him. I don’t even know him.”

It’s that time of year, when the kids are going off to college, some for the first time. There will be a lot of anxiety and tears flowing – and that’s just the parents.

College is a great adventure. It’s a clean slate. It can be the best four… or six years of your life. Certainly, there are academic opportunities – a variety of courses to challenge your mind and learned professors to push your boundaries.

Also important are the social opportunities. College is your chance to make new, more diverse friends. Some will be friends for a lifetime.

Don’t wait for a party. When you slide into your chair before class, engage the people around you in conversation.

Don’t walk across campus with your head down, texting. Look up and say, “Hi” to fellow students, faculty and administrators.

Don’t sit by yourself in the cafeteria. Ask to join a table of students already seated.

Business is all about relationships. In college or out of college, we should regularly seek new friends and exercise our social skills, because we need people… and also, because there are people who need us.

Now booking fall and spring dining tutorials and other talks on professionalism. If you could use a lively, interactive presentation, don’t hesitate to contact me at: cgould@cultureandmanners.com or 515.225.9683

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