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Author Topic: An old search for campaign furniture makes my college campus friendlier  (Read 530 times)
T. C. Halloway
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« on: February 27, 2018, 03:54:45 am »

First, some background: I'm a college student who, for financial reasons, lives almost an hour away from campus. I rarely have time to head home, so I head up in the morning and usually stay until late at night. The music department, where I spend most of my time, has several benches in the halls and foyers, but isn't really conducive to spending long periods of time between classes.
Some time ago I was asking for ideas on the forum for a makeshift desk. Campaign furniture was brought up, among other things. While certainly attractive, I don't have the means to buy or the time and skill to make such things. I did recently find a solution, however.

Long story short, the department has some long plastic tables for events that they are OK with students using as long as we clean up after ourselves. It's quickly turned into something of an institution. We have a potluck tea table, where everyone brings their own cup and those in a position to do so donate their favourite teas. I do free tea and tarot readings Tuesdays and Thursdays after choir. There are weekly study groups where people who have taken a class before give advice and help to new students. People bring homemade cookies and cucumber sandwiches and drink more tea. These events sometimes combine with the opera clubs showings of famous operas. On exam days the study groups are more formal, with people chipping in money for pizza and occasionally more money for me to make mocktails. A few people have started to wear ties and/or skirts or even semiformal attire to these events. I also have a selection of black bow ties, dress socks, and cheap black shoes that I rent out to those who forget them on concert days. In my new job as Choral Department Student Assistant, I'm also in charge of checking the tuxedos of the vocalists before they're allowed on stage. I tie a lot of bow ties and charge a few dollars to shine shoes if necessary. A professor once referred to me as "The musical gentleman's gentleman".
I've been concerned that I'd be asked to stop all of these activities, since they are unofficial and use school resources in the foyer, but I've only had one professor express any disapproval (apparently food and drink are technically forbidden anywhere but the cafeteria). Every other professor who has walked by has been amused or even appreciative. And blue that 8 have this new job they've been labelled official campus events. Several students have commented that the building is friendlier and people who normally wouldn't speak to each other are socializing.

I apologise for having a bit of a brag, but I had to share a story of creative problem solving run amok, as well as how an introvert with a severe anxiety disorder utilized his more quaint interests to make his world a classier and friendlier place. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 10:42:52 am »

It takes a certain type of genius to come out of left field and make a positive impact. A sort of random act of neighbourliness. A premeditated act of wanton socialising with no regard whatsoever for pleasant consequences. I suspect that being nice to people you meet may be contagious and cause epidemics.
To be more direct - well done! Is there a steampunk class of person such as "Social Engineer"?
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Prof Marvel
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2018, 10:52:11 pm »

My Dear Halloway -
That is brilliant in the old sense!
that is an excellent guide for many of us "introverts' to open up and exand and even imrpove our communities!

congratulations and a resounding Well Done!

yhs
prof (former introvert, now snake oil salesman) marvel
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 11:52:06 pm »

A fabulous set of actions which sound like they have really enhanced the environment and ambience of your department. Bravo!

Yours,
Miranda.
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