At CCBC, most people are simply used to awkward things happening, so they probably don’t think that you are as awkward as YOU think you are when these things happen. Still, I think there are certain awkward moments that happen on our college campus that we all have experienced at least once– here is a list of some of them.
Were they actually gonna hug you or handshake or–oh
“Heeeeeey…” you say, as someone you know approaches you, and you’re not sure if they’re going for a handshake or a hug or a fist bump and ohh, it’s a hug… nope, it was a fist bump. Oops. Or vice-versa. Awkward indeed.
When there’s no chairs left at the table
So you’re just standing there awkwardly, and then you end up going to another table and dragging over a chair so that you can sit with everyone else, or sitting on top of a table or something. Eeeeee.
Handshake or fist bump or that OTHER kind of handshake thingy FAIL
So they are moving their hand towards you and you know there are about 2 billion things that they could be trying to do in friendly greeting, and you end up doing none of them and fail in an epic manner. Then you try to play it cool and hope that they didn’t notice. Don’t kid yourself; they totally did.
When they try to cheat
“I didn’t do the assignment; can I look at yours?” No. No you may certainly NOT. You worked hard on your assignment; you don’t want them to cheat! Or, you are doing a test and they actually have the gall to peek at your paper. The nerve! What are they, eight? This is college! What are they doing?! Now you have to figure out how to stop them from cheating, and dang, is that awkward.
“What’s your major?”
“ImanEnglishmajorbecauseIthinkthatwritingisareallybeneficiallifeskillandnoIdon’twanttobeanEnglishteacherbutIthink…” etc, etc. You have your response memorized at this point. The “what’s your major” conversation can turn into an “in defense of your major” speech instead of a response to a friendly question.
Third wheel moments
Or fifth wheel, or seventh wheel, or whatever number wheel you are while everyone else talks and you’re just sitting there being awkward. You aren’t sure whether you should jump into the conversation or not, and now you are just kind of listening and hoping that someone pays attention to you. This is especially awkward if the other people are couples sitting on each others’ laps, or kissing.
Running into someone you don’t want to talk to
Dang, you really didn’t want to talk to that person, and ohh, there they are– time to bolt, time to bolt– crap, they saw you. Dang it.
One-on-one awkward silences
You were just talking about important stuff, and now that you’re done you are both just standing there staring at each other because you don’t know what to say. Chances are, it gets broken with a cautious “soo… yeah,” and then a repeat of what you just confirmed several seconds before the awkward silence started.
Getting hit on
You were attempting to walk to the library, and someone makes a remark as you walk by. Ugh, now what do you do? Do you shoot back a quick, witty response or do you ignore them? Or maybe you are sitting down and someone approaches you and attempts to flirt, but you’re not interested. Awwwwwkward…
Teachers calling on you when you didn’t raise your hand
You… you don’t KNOW. That’s why you didn’t raise your hand. You have nothing to say. Your hand wasn’t up. YOUR HAND WASN’T UP. Maybe teachers are trying to teach you to know to think on your feet.
Stepping over things to get to your seat
More awkward when you fail miserably and end up knocking something over. So much for looking casual as you tried to cooly step over that desk…
Running into someone you know… on the way to the bathroom
Now you have been sucked into a conversation, when really you just wanted to pee. Great.
Being ignored when someone you know walks by
Yeah, they obviously saw you and just kept walking. Fine. FINE. Even a wave would’ve done…
Being late to class
The teacher absolutely saw you come in late, and you don’t have time to apologize because he/she is talking. Now they will never know that you were late because you were stuck in traffic or because your previous class got out late, you think. You sit down and attempt to look like you know what is going on, ashamed. Crapola.
When you didn’t do the reading/assignment
For some reason, you just didn’t know that it was due or you absolutely forgot. Now you are hoping beyond hope that it gets postponed until the next week. You are a good student, you swear! Noooooooo!
Waiting for your ride
You are just sitting around, waiting for your ride home. They are most likely late, and you are just sitting there, hoping nobody asks why you are just sitting there. Waiting for your ride shouldn’t be awkward, but for some reason it is.
Accidentally walking in on a meeting/event you aren’t a part of
You didn’t KNOW there was an event going on in the BARN, and now you’ve just walked right into the middle of it and everyone is staring at you. You don’t want to be at this event! Now everyone is staring at you as you slowly slink out and then take off running before somebody invites you to attend said event. Oops.