When I first began my student career so many years ago anticipation and excitement were the most prevalent emotions controlling my thoughts while wandering the halls of the University. In high school I was almost always the first in the classroom, dead center and front row; I thought this scholastic principle would easily transfer over into my University seating plan. It was within the first few moments of my first lecture that I had found that there is a science to the way in which you commit to occupying a seat in a lecture. There are multiple factors that must be considered for your placement to be optimal.
Within the first few minutes that the lecture commences, the not-so-fashionably-latecomer’s seat is automatically labelled to be in the front row or most easily accessible seat by the door. Tardy students respect those around you and sit in the front to avoid the extensive amount of noise an individual can make whilst hurdling computer cords and backpacks to get to the back row.
The greatest offense made while choosing a seat is the distance to an electrical outlet. Most students ALL come to class with laptops, if this is you your seating should be as close to the back as possible to avoid tripping people with your cord, and directly next to the aisle. Obviously if you’re a “renaissance” student and use “ye ole” paper and pen for notes in class the best seating for your student profile is more central and at least 5 rows from the front. However, do not fret future students! These are only my suggested seating placement layouts that can be used. Everyone is different. The eclectic varieties of students that attend classes learn through individualized means, and their own individualized chairs. So whether you take the front or the back seat to your education, if you come into a lecture late I’ll see you in the front row dead center!