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Blog inspirations come in odd ways and in unexpected forms. Read on and see what I mean.You may not have to be sneaky when eating in class, but you should be mindful.
I casually asked my husband and son (who was home visiting for the 4th of July holiday) what would be an interesting topic to write about for Monday’s blog, and they unanimously agreed: strange things people eat in class. My son talked about a guy sitting near him who brought in a steak and potatoes during one of his recent finals. This guy would read one the questions, cut into his steak and then scoop up a little potato for good measure. As he chewed he nodded his head, clearly thinking about his answer, before finally filling in his response. This went on during the entire final, and apparently he was completely unapologetic. A guy has to eat, right? And who’s idea was it anyway to schedule the final during dinnertime?
We all had a pretty big laugh about this, and so here I sit, tweaking the topic a bit because you can only list out odd food items for so long. I thought some of you out there attending class right now might want to know the answer to this burning question:
Is it really OK to eat in class?
Eating in class can certainly quiet your grumbling stomach — but how do you avoid becoming a distraction to your teacher and classmates?
First, make sure there isn’t an already established rule by either the teacher or the school. When in doubt, wait and watch your classmates. If other students also seem to be eating in class, you’re probably in the clear — and you’ve already answered the first (and most important) question: can I eat in class?
Once you’ve established that it is OK to eat in class, understand the social graces of both the eating and the etiquette following the chewing. You don’t want to be that student who brings the crunchy pretzels or the dreaded Cheetos (Yikes! Smelly AND noisy… plus a mess!) Or the one who raises a hand to talk in class but still has a mouthful of food. Or the one who eats a bag of sunflower seeds and piles the shells on the corner of the desk. Or … OK, you get the point.
Here are 5 suggestions for how to figure out what’s OK — and what’s not — to eat in the classroom.
1. Smell: While that tuna sandwich or heavy-on-the-garlic pasta dish is undoubtedly a great lunch, your classmates might not appreciate its less-than-desirable smell, especially in a cramped classroom. Maybe go for a less smelly sandwich or a quinoa or rice salad with beans and veggies.
2. Sound: Even if you try to chew your pretzels/chips/ice/whatever as quietly as possible, chances are it’s still noisy. Don’t get me wrong: they’re delicious, but not the best choice during a quiz when everyone (including you!) is trying to focus. Try the quieter granola bar, muffin or frsalad.
3. Touch: At first glance, that orange might look like a good choice (not too smelly or noisy), but think twice before peeling it in class — especially if you type your notes. The sticky orange juice that gets all over your hands is fine if you’re spending the day at the beach, but isn’t so kind to QWERTY. Plus, it’s a hassle and a distraction if you have to get up just to wash your hands in the middle of a lecture.
4. Sight: Try not to leave a mess on the desk that other people have to stare at (see above section on sunflower seeds).
5. Taste: This one’s all about you. Does it taste good? If so, great! If not, go find yourself something tasty instead. No sense in going through all this trouble if it’s not even worth eating.
You might be stuck in class during dinnertime or worse yet, breakfast, the most important meal of the day, but have a little foresight and consideration Even if your grumbling stomach is hankering for bratwurst and sauerkraut, grab something less offensive to those around you…like chocolate. Hmm, I think I have my next blog topic!