Hallway Etiquette

A typical crowded hallway in the A building

A typical crowded hallway in the A building

The other day I was walking around the corner of the C building and a girl stopped directly in front of me, blocking the entire turn of the hallway.  I patiently waited, people piling behind me and absolutely nobody in front of her and she continued to stand in the same spot.  I soon realized she didn’t have a locker at the corner of the C building, her friend did. The girl was holding up about twenty people up waiting for her friend.  I tried to stay calm as I attempted to move past her but she obliviously took a step closer to the middle of the hallway and her friend stood by the lockers, blocking the entire right side of the hallway and not even acknowledging the existence of the oncoming traffic.  Everyone messes up in the hallway sometimes, and that’s ok as long as you realize your mistakes.

Many other people have experienced the same issue in the hallways. Junior Ashley Chambers said, “I find the most issues on the A building on the left wing closest to the gym.”  

This is probably because it is the gateway hallway leading to the C and D buildings and the gym.  Chambers went on to tell me that though renovating the hallways to make them wider would be ideal, it would also be expensive, so the most plausible solution would be “lengthening passing period by a minute or two to prevent extreme backups in the hallways by expanding the time allotted to pass through these hallways.”

Though we all get stuck in hallway traffic, there are things we can keep in mind to avoid these situations.  One thing we can remember is to always have a destination.  The hallway is already packed and we don’t need more people taking up space then there needs to be.  Stay on your right side of the hallway at the speed of traffic, like on a road and don’t pass onto the other side.

Another common case of hallway hold-ups includes students stopping right in the middle of the hallway to have a nice long conversation with their friends. Talk to your friends at break or in class, but not while I’m late to English.  We all have places to be and don’t have time for our peers to finish their rendezvous.  Maybe a group of students are able to fit four people on their half of the hallway, but they’re probably walking about two miles per hour, meanwhile forming a barricade in the middle of the hallway.  It would be better if people walked in twos on the right side of the hallway give room for people to pass.

I understand that you are “at your class,” but your class is through the wall on your right, not in the middle of the hallway.  Stop when you are sitting in your seat, don’t want you clog the classroom entrance or the row to my seat either because that is equally frustrating.

Junior Rita Ventura added to my point when she said, “rude people walk slowly, stand in place, or slam doors on you.”  We should keep in mind that usually people don’t mean to be inconsiderate, they just aren’t paying attention.

If you’re classroom door is locked, I completely understand, but don’t form a team huddle that takes up the entire hallway.  Instead, make like elementary schoolers and line up along the lockers so the rest of us can get to our classes on time.  Especially in the mornings it is common to see students forming a circle in the middle of the hallway.  They should keep in mind what it’s like for students trying to go around them.

Posted on November 30, 2016 .