No doubt you’ve heard how college is going to be different from high school. For starters, this will probably be the first time you sit in a classroom with 300+ students. In order to prepare you for the lecture hall, we’ve come up with a list of what you shouldn’t do in class. And, while some of these may seem like no-brainers, don’t be surprised if you see a fellow classmate do this


  1. Eat

Even if you’re not making bacon and pancakes, eating can be a big distraction. Crunching chips, greasy fingers and that annoying sound the bag makes. Take our advice and eat before class.

  1. Show up late

    Most professors can be big sticklers for punctuality. In fact, you may have one who won’t allow you to come in late. Show up on time and avoid the distraction and embarrassment

  2. Sleep

Desks weren’t made for sleeping.

We know that sometimes you’ll need to pull an all-nighter. But, don’t catch up on sleep in class. Also, even though you probably can, don’t show up to class in PJ’s. It’ll just make you want to sleep even more.

  1. Interrupt

One easy way to show you haven’t been listening is to interrupt class to ask a question that has already been answered or is on the syllabus. Pay attention and avoid the embarrassment.

  1. Talk

First of all — rude! Second, you’re probably going to miss something important if you continue your conversation about what you did last weekend. You’re a big kid now. It can wait for an hour, we promise.

  1. Text or catch up on social media

This is probably professors’ biggest pet peeve. When you’re staring at your phone screen, you aren’t paying attention to class. Trust us — the texts, the tweets, that photo on Instagram — it will all be there when class is out. Unless you’re tweeting out lecture notes, stop.

  1. Forget to put your phone on silent

Even if you absolutely love your ringtone, it loses about seven cool points when it goes off during that one moment of silence in the lecture. And, yes, it will go off at the worst possible time. That’s just the way it works. Put your phone on silent, and put it away.