One of my biggest current pet peeves is the lack of clothing being sported around campus. I know it is warm out and you think you are hot stuff, and chances are that is probably true, but unless you are studying art, anatomy or headed to the dunes, your bits do not need to be out accessorizing the campus. I like to check out guys as much as the next person, but that is not what my week days are for. Modesty is totally underrated.
Lack of simple courtesy is shown by some students in class toward the professors and their fellow classmates. If you cannot control your urge to phone, text or social network someone then please, excuse yourself and go outside the class to do it. Courtesy, you will find, goes a long way in people liking and accepting you. Try not to disturb others who are paying attention. Instructos have a much tougher job than most students give them credit for. They stand up there to impart knowledge which, invariably, makes our lives better. So please give due credit and respect.
People are tools when it comes to fashion. All I can say is that if you spend more than five seconds figuring out what you are going to wear then you have very little will power. I propose that you wear what you yourself want to wear without reference to how you think others will judge you. This is in fact a very simple thing to do. Then again, I hate a lot of things in our culture so it is normal for me. Anyways, at the very least, please care less about your clothes than you do, unless you are already like me who focuses more on what is functional and comfortable, in other words, what you yourself want. If you want what you think others want in you in terms of fashion then you have a problem in my opinion.
My biggest pet peeve on campus by a long shot is when I walk by those who wear other Pac-12 apparel. It’s one thing to wear out-of-conference apparel, I guess, but in-conference apparel is crossing the line. It is a privilege to be a part of this Cougar Family. There are not many schools in the nation with students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans who are as devoted as Cougs. I swear, I might just upper-cut the next guy wearing flashy apparel from the University of Nike, (cough) Oregon.
My biggest pet peeve is the dreaded professor’s custom edition textbook. While parking enforcement came in a close second, the professor’s custom edition provides a superior annoyance during an undergraduate’s time in college. It cannot be resold easily, the index is useless and all purchases must come from The Bookie. Furthermore, the book itself often looks just a step above something that could be done at Cougar Copies for much less. In many cases, students can go online and buy the entire book with full color pictures for less than the custom edition on campus and resell it after the course is over. That is why I strongly urge all professors currently using custom editions to consider switching over to normal textbooks.
As opinion columnist Jenny Draper pointed out in her column last week, students at WSU have a serious problem staying on the walkways that have been provided for them. Seeing people tromp through the grass or trample the vegetation that decorates our campus drives me up a wall. Taking a shortcut through the grass outside Holland Library might save you a few seconds on your way to astronomy, but it also creates unnecessary problems for the people who maintain our campus at a time when they may not have the resources to clean up after you.
My biggest campus pet peeve is walking behind people oblivious to the fact that I am walking behind them. The bridges over Stadium Way are not a good place to stand in the middle of on your cellphone. If you and five of your friends want to stand in a circle together chatting about nothing, go do so anywhere else but in the middle of the hallway. I am an important person with important stuff to do, so get out of my way.
I absolutely cannot stand how many classes are now taught by graduate students. These are young instructors with very little experience working with a diverse range of students and a completely different set of priorities than professors. I find it completely unacceptable that students are paying the same price per credit to have a textbook read aloud by a graduate student in PowerPoint form as they are to absorb the wisdom and knowledge of a seasoned, qualified professional faculty member. Why should the university get to sneak around paying professors to teach courses when there is so little wiggle room for students on tuition and financial aid?
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