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Don't Disrupt My Routine

by Dan Maxwell (writer), Hoboken, NJ/NYC, February 06, 2008

Maintaing routine in the digital age.

So, I’m a college student. I’m sorry; I’m a college commuter student. I have been for years. When I was eighteen I got into only one school (out of 9 expensive and time consuming applications) and I have played the hand I was dealt ever since.

I have survived through good times and horrible times on routine. I am in my fourth year here at Montclair State University (hereinafter referred to as MSU) and I hate it. I continue on for one simple reason: I have a mild understanding that when the time comes, I will get a better job with a college degree (no matter what its in) than I would without one. Now, I don’t know if that’s true but I have gritted my teeth and lost a lot of blood, sweat and tears over this ideal and my wheel has kept spinning throughout. So I'm just going to run with it.

In my time at MSU I have gone through the rise and fall of a long-term serious relationship, the death of a parent, and the death of a grandparent. And, the only constant throughout is my routine at MSU. The only connection I have to a better time in my life - my only constant - is this school, and I absolutely hate it.

Now I don’t really know where I’m going with this, but I know that a vivid example of what it is about this place that just absolutely disgusts me is a disruption of my routine. More specifically, today I walked into a classroom that I’ve been walking into for only about 3 weeks, but in those three weeks – those six class meetings – I have sat in the same desk beside my friend Pauline every time. I have gotten there about ten minutes before class, saddled up, glazed over so as to make sure I don’t get noticed by the professor (which is a science/essay topic on its own), and I have downright enjoyed my desk in the back row next to the window with Pauline. But, today in an effort to be studious and in so many words "care" about my education, I took a few minutes before class to print out some work I had done to hand in. So today I got to this class with only about three minuets to spare (instead of the previously mentioned ten), and what do I find? Some jackass has swiped my oasis by the window… furthermore; it’s an jackass I know! He knows I sit there, we’re friends on Facebook for Christ’s sake! We’ve had classes and conversations together on loads of occasions. And now, not only has he disrespected me in the sense that he ignored the territory that I had proverbially marked by occupying for three weeks, but he has disrespected my routine, my whole reason for getting up and driving to this torturous Mecca of misery everyday, and therefore disrespected my connection to a better time in my life. And for this I cannot forgive him.

Do you see what I get for attempting to care about my education? I ended up sitting in the back corner between a fat girl eating soup and a pimpley faced kid with bleached blond hair. If i didn't know any better, I'd have though he stepped right out of a Wes Borland look alike contest; but I'm assuming (or hoping rather) that such an absurd popularity contest doesn't exsist.

His thoughtless, heartless actions have taken my distaste for this place to a new high. I should say something, but I think I might go beyond verbal confrontation. I might exercise the ultimate modern day “slap in the face” (besides of course an actual slap in the face)… I’m going to take on his social status and hit him where it matters most in 2008 – I’m going to delete him on Facebook.

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Dan Maxwell is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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4 comments on Don't Disrupt My Routine

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By V on February 09, 2008 at 01:01 pm

: D Loved this. More drama than a Mexican soap opera will ensue once you hit delete. Would like to hear how this unfolds ....

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By Jen on February 09, 2008 at 04:12 pm

I soooo feel you on the seat thing.  I was that way in college.  Even though the seats aren't assigned its where you sit.  And now...that I teach...I notice the kids sitting in the same seat every class.  AND I notice how tweaked they'll get if they come in a little late and find their favorite seat taken...or someone who isnt supposed to be there sitting next to them. 

Its an unspoken rule, and this guy crossed the line.  I feel a seat war brewing...

Do let us know who wins :)

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on February 12, 2008 at 03:38 pm

haha! this is a great story, champ! this reminds me when i was in school. stuff like that happens all the time. the only difference for me was we didn't have no internet to worry about. we did our deletin' face to face after school...if you know what i mean.

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By Joe Allocco on February 14, 2008 at 01:19 pm

dan, i made an account only to specify that wes borland is actually the guitarist from limp bizkit.

the 15 year old in me can now rest.

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