Thoughts someone has when you take their seat in lecture

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Have you ever had your seat stolen in lecture? So have we. But have you ever imagined how others feel when you take their seat? Here’s a breakdown of what may be going on in someone’s mind when you take their seat in lecture.



Dude. Where do we sit?

Now how is Gabe going to find me?

You don’t even usually sit there.

You sit in the front.

Why would you choose to sit farther away?

I don’t want people to see me make another “I have a confession meme…”

Now I have to sit even farther back in the class.

I already can’t hear the professor.

It’s awkward to sit in the middle of the row, because then I can’t leave class early without making a scene and crawling past people on the ends.

Look, your original seat is empty!

You literally sat there for every lecture since the semester has started.

Maybe I’m making too much of a big deal out of this.

Now I gotta look for a new seat.


The class is filling up.

It’s barely 10 a.m.

Everyone needs to chill.

OK, OK, I think I’ve found a new spot.

I probably shouldn’t get too attached though…

*Finds new seat.*

This sucks.

I should probably message Gabe that I’m sitting two rows behind my usual spot.

Wait, he’s right there!


He can’t hear me.

No! Don’t sit there! Ughhh…

Now I have to sit and listen to lecture.

Or maybe I’ll just take a nap.

I’m far enough in the back now that the professor won’t know.


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