How to Survive the Awkward Moments
Have you’ve ever felt that awkward feeling when going up to a professor for the first time? How about accidentally dropping all of your books and papers on the ground in front of everybody on campus? It really sucks and can be completely humiliating, but after being a student at ASU for several years, I have found out that it really isn’t all that bad.
Keep reading as I dissect these ever-present, uncomfortable nightmares and the secrets to avoiding them.
Unpleasant Moments in the Classroom
As we all already know, there can be an assortment of embarrassing situations in the classroom. Here’s a small list of regularly seen occurrences to give you some examples.
- Arriving late to class.
- Leaving early from class.
- Going to the bathroom frequently during lectures.
- Not being prepared for class (papers, books, pencils, etc.).
- Not being prepared mentally for class and ultimately getting lost in the information.
- Going to the professor for help during office hours.
- Being too afraid to participate in in-class activities.
Although, the embarrassment can feel life-threatening, everything will be OK and life will go on. Here are a few solutions to ease the pain and help you avoid these situations:
- Come to class early to avoid any rush or late penalties.
- If you have to leave early, inform the professor ahead of time on why you will be leaving, either through an email or face-to-face chat.
- Although sometimes unavoidable, if you have to go to the bathroom, make sure it is before or after class.
- Make sure you have everything you need in your backpack before leaving your dorm.
- Make sure you read all the required material and do any necessary homework before coming to class. If you do have any questions or don’t understand the information, contact the professor via email or during office hours.
- Despite the fact it may seem embarrassing to go to see your professor during office hours, it actually is very beneficial and the professors really love it when you ask questions.
- Participate in class and don’t be afraid to share your answers with the class.
This, along with other tips, should allow you to get through class smoothly. Now, some tips on how to survive situations on-campus and in real life.
Uncomfortable Moments On Campus and in Public
We’ve all had those moments where we do something completely embarrassing on campus and feel like the shame never ends. This includes everything from dropping books on the ground when going to class or singing loudly to music that nobody else can here while walking to class.
The fact is, awkward situations occur all the time. Most of the time, though, they are unavoidable. That is why it is extremely important to keep your head held high and maintain positive self-esteem. Remember, the only person who has the capability to make any situation awkward is you, so don’t make it awkward. Just keep moving forward and keep living it up at ASU!