Keep etiquette fresh as semester starts

By Holly New

With another school year upon us, there are a few things we have to remember: our schedules, our pencils and our manners.

Etiquette is not a lost art; it’s especially important to remember that when we are in the classroom, the workplace and the restaurant. Let’s put our well-behaved foot forward and make this school year great for everyone.

In the classroom the key to behavior is to think about what you’re doing. If someone else is doing what you are, would you be annoyed? Little things, like crunching on chips or clicking your pen, can be exceptionally distracting to a fellow classmate. Consideration is key; people should always be thinking about how their actions are affecting others.

Also keep in mind that you should remain focused on class until it is completely over.

Alyssa Freeman, second year law student, said one of the most annoying behaviors a person can do is “start packing up materials near the end of class” because “it is likely important enough to wait.”

As the old saying goes, you aren’t dismissed until the teacher says you are. In most cases, it’s best to keep that in mind.

After a summer of freedom, some students also have to go back to work at the start of the school year. This involves meeting new coworkers and learning to settle our summertime energy down.

The Golden Rule is really a great way to approach life. If we all spent a little time treating each other that way that we want to be treated — with respect and kindness — then the world would certainly be a better place. Take a few moments to look past yourself and see if your behavior is hurting anyone else.

You may be surprised how your innocent actions can be unintentionally harmful to others.

Likewise, if you are going to a restaurant, put on your best face and your best manners.

I speak from experience that working in the food industry isn’t the easiest job in the world.

I have worked as a waitress and know a bad customer can really put a damper on a shift.

What’s important to remember is your cashier or your waiter/waitress is human, and he or she, like you, should always be treated with compassion and respect.

Be nice to them, and in general, they will be nice back to you.

Also, keep in mind that the restaurant you are eating in is not your house. Someone has to clean up your mess, and they neither make enough nor love you enough to be your mom.

Pick up your trash and keep your mess-making to a minimum, and everyone will be happy.

And don’t forget that if your server did a good job for you, tip him or her. It’s always appreciated.