One of Professor Hope’s entries on perspectives inspired me to write this post. After I read it, I started to think about “perspective” in my daily life and after some critical thinking, I realized that I am different from my peers in this regard within the classroom.
During the beginning of the semester, students must find somewhere to sit, but how do they choose? Perhaps they are influenced by preferences, such as sitting up front so that they can see the board or sitting in the back so that they can text throughout class without the professor seeing their shenanigans. Or, perhaps they are influenced by friends and simply walk in and sit next to someone they know. Often, though, the chosen seat is relatively random. Yet, after a few more classes go by, this seat becomes fixed and students will return time and time again until the four month semester is over.
I, on the other hand, love switching up my seat. In one of my early morning lecture-based classes, I have sat everywhere from the front row on the right-hand side to the back up against the wall in the middle to a seat surrounded by other students on the left-hand side. Everyday I take a different seat and I love it because I have the opportunity to experience the class from an altered perspective every time that I go. Moreover, the course becomes all the more interesting as a result. I recommend that other students try to break out of this fixed seat pattern. Take a leap of faith and try mixing it up!