Since elevator rides are awkward enough as is, students need to display proper etiquette to ensure these experiences are less excruciating for all involved.
Elevators are heaven-sent. Without elevators, I would walk into many of my classes with sweat beads running down my forehead, gasping for breath after walking up a measly two flights of stairs.
Since I have come to campus, my use of elevators has escalated dramatically. That being said, a great portion of my experiences on elevators around campus have caused me to vent to my roommate about some people’s lack of concern for their surroundings.
One time when I was waiting in an elevator with a group of folks, one girl decided to prop the door open to have a 10-minute conversation with her friend. I was in such shock that I could not even give her my normal death stare. Instead I just stood there waiting for her to realize how much of an inconvenience this was to everyone in the elevator. Unfortunately, she never did. I considered just walking out to climb the stairs, but that would mean walking up seven flights of stairs—my mind quickly shut down that idea.
Elevator rides are known to be generally uncomfortable, awkward experiences for many people. Just watching a scene on a television show where a character stands in an elevator with music playing in the background makes me uneasy. But every now and then the average awkward silence or small talk is replaced by the utter horror of people completely disregarding the comfort of everyone around them. In a short elevator ride, I should not have to be exposed to loud, obnoxious people who lack common sense or come in with strange odors. This stuff should be common sense.
I know there is no way to avoid the small talk that takes place to fill the void of awkward silences. But can we at least avoid talking about wild nights out filled with experimental drug use and casual sex while surrounded by strangers in an elevator? I understand that this is college and students want to have fun, but I do not need to hear about last night’s wild sexcapades while I am heading to class.
Furthermore, students should keep in mind that an elevator ride is not an audition for American Idol. This is an elevator we are talking about. And while their moms may appreciate their singing, I am just trying to make it back to my dorm with my sanity intact.
While riding elevators, people should realize there is limited space. As a girl who suffers from claustrophobia, I do not appreciate people inviting their party of 10 into an already crowded elevator. If the elevator looks like sardines in a can, people should wait for the next one to come along.
People should remember small space equals limited air. This means showers and deodorant are essential when it comes to close encounters with other individuals. Aside from body odor, smoke is another smell that is apparent in elevators. And I am never in the mood to smell smoke from someone else’s bad habit, especially not when I am forced to be in close quarters with them.
Elevators are necessary if you do not want to climb massive flights of stairs or get to class heart attack free. That being said, those who choose to ride elevators need to show appropriate elevator etiquette.