“Listen, I’ve written thesis statements for years. I’ve got all kinds of experience writing thesis statements. I know how to write a thesis statement that works, and I’m going to make it happen.”
Everything about this.
In my small social experiment I chose to stand while I ate my Chicken Caesar wrap at McAlister’s in the Bone Student Center. Most patrons at McAlister’s will eat whilst sitting. I decided to mosey throughout the restaurant and sit or stand with groups of strangers eating during the busiest time of the day, lunch time. McAlister’s had well over 100 patrons during this time, who did not like me breaking any norms.
Sheer annoyance provoked many of the reactions of the people around me. As I floated about, I found a couple that appeared to be on a mid-day date. I decided to stand next to their table for two facing them. The young gent asked if he could help me with something. I responded with a simple no thank you. The couple soon left the table muttering about rudeness. Perhaps, what I was doing was rude, but the couple never asked me to move. Instead, they left on their own accord. Next, I sat with a stag patron while he was eating a bread bowl and reading a paper. This man took a different approach than the couple. He decided to snub me. This was an incredibly hard thing for him to do because I tried several times to start conversation, but he was adamant about completely ignoring me. He never, once, made eye-contact with me, and he left before finishing his bread bowl.
One of my obvious feelings included awkwardness. I am not sure if it was the people whispering the word “weirdo” or the general staring that made me feel awkward, but I am sure they both played a part. I also felt ignored. While people were staring at me, I also felt there was a group of people who wouldn’t look at me what so ever. I assumed people thought that if they ignored me I would just go away.
I actually learned a lot from this experience. The biggest thing that I have learned from this experiment is that minorities can easily be ignored or ostracized. Since I was only one person standing in McAlister’s, it was rather easy to either make me feel weird or simply ignore me. It reminds me of the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” that Tennessee passed not too long ago. It seems that they are trying to make a point of ignoring homosexuals which they believe will make them go away. I believe socialization has an effect on this outcome because we have been told our entire lives to ignore things that we don’t like. Whether that is the bully at school or your annoying sibling, your parents probably told you to ignore them.
Two days ago my sociology professor asked us if a Harvard education was better than an education from Illinois State University. The unanimous answer was, “Of fucking course!” He proceeded,
- Did you apply?——-no
- Why not?—————-I couldn’t afford it
- It is free if your parents make under $125,000. So, why didn’t you apply?——I couldn’t get in
- How do you know, you didn’t apply?———-I didn’t have a 4.0 GPA or a good ACT score
- Has everyone who has went to Harvard had a 4.0 blah blah blah?——-no
- Then why the fuck didn’t you apply?———too far from home.
- You are adults! You would seriously get home sick?——
It is obvious to see where this is going. Most answers are very predictable for not going to Harvard, but it was this lecture that really opened my eyes.
——We are not truly in control of most decisions we make. We are told by outside forces we are not good enough and we should settle.
This, blog?, will be about me violating social norms on ISU’s campus.
Wish me luck!