Every UC Berkeley student should know and possess a few basic social skills because, well, we’re college students and should have a certain level of maturity. Because, however, we at the Clog know some college students still don’t have such skills (to our genuine dismay), we present to you the top-10 most important ones:
- Try not to assume people’s majors and the fact that they’ll know everything about a particular topic because of their major.
- Make sure to respond politely to your peers if they’re talking to you, whether it be at Crossroads or in office hours.
- Remember to say “thank you” if someone does something kind for you.
- Please, please, please don’t step on the UC Berkeley seals — make sure to respect the school traditions.
- Don’t fish for other people’s grades on an exam you aced.
- Avoid flyering people on Sproul Plaza if they have their headphones in. Their heads are down and they’re clearly, and consciously, avoiding eye contact.
- Make sure to laugh at people’s jokes, because everyone deserves a laugh, but at the same time, don’t end every text message with “haha.”
- Respond to the “hell yeah” guy — he deserves your unrequited love.
- Please don’t wear that-school-across-the-bay’s apparel on campus.
- Never, ever, ever forget that all of us run on Berkeley time — if you say meet at 5 p.m. sharp, we’ll all arrive at 5:10 p.m. because Berkeley time is a given.
There you have it — some basic social cues every Bear should know and learn by heart before it’s too late. Master these social skills and you’ll be a social butterfly in no time!
Contact Avanti Mehrotra at email@example.com.