1. The Classmate with RLS.
RLS = Restless Leg Syndrome. Listen, I understand that some people have more energy than others. But there is no excuse for your leg to be CONSTANTLY shaking during class. A few semesters ago I had a friend who used to shake their leg so much in class it would shake my desk (WHY). I don’t think I’m the only college student that would actually like to be able to read my notes to study for an impossible microeconomics midterm. The hardest part about identifying this type of classmate is that you can’t. Beware, it could be anyone you do or do not know. One class is enough to be able to casually switch desks if you discover you’re sitting next to a classmate with this problem.
2. The Smart Phone Addict.
Yikes. Okay, I thought the whole reason college students decide to pay thousands of dollars and move away from the home is to learn. Apparently not because when I glance at my neighbor’s desk in calculus, they are constantly refreshing the Buzzfeed page on their iPhone EVERY. FIVE. MINUTES. Granted, I’m not saying I don’t use my iPhone during class, but if you find yourself sitting next to a classmate who cannot stop taking a quiz to find out what pop diva they are, run. (Also, if you don’t get Beyoncé on the first try, YOU’RE NOT BEYONCÉ.)
3. The Know-It-All.
I thought they only existed in high school AP literature (I was so naïve). I will admit that I fit into this category in some of my communication classes. The know-it-all really just does not know how to shut up. They constantly take the professor and class off topic, which means you’re wasting time listening to your professor talk about things that usually only interest the know-it-all. No one really wins with a know-it-all in their class. So the next time you have the urge to talk about Anne Hathaway’s tearful performance as Fantine in Les Miserables and how well she has transitioned from awkward Mia Thermopolis to an Oscar winner, don’t. Blast “I Dreamed a Dream” on your walk back to your dorm instead. Please.
4. Campus Crush.
We all have on. If you don’t, you’re lying to yourself. Campus crushes might be the most distracting classmate of them all. They typically have perfect hair and a chiseled jaw line. You know you’re sitting next to a campus crush when instead of taking notes you’re constantly looking at their adorable reactions or smelling your breath in case they might ask you what the professor just pointed out about Locke’s Second Treatise. Don’t let yourself fall into this temptation of sitting next to your campus crush! Unless you want to study lecture notes that have your future with you campus crush written all over them, be safe and sit next to a random, decent smelling stranger instead.