Walking around campus, I’ve noticed something recently. People are walking from class to class staring at their phones. I’m guilty of doing this every so often, too, but it seems to be happening more and more for some reason. I understand the dependency of phone use we think we need. It’s kind of awkward walking past people you don’t know, and generally we won’t make eye contact. Why is that? Wouldn’t it be less weird to say hello to someone walking past us instead of just ignoring their existence. Think of all the new people you could meet, or all the friends that you’ve been oblivious to. We have the same classes every week, and probably take the same way to class, so why don’t we try to talk to the people we see on our route? By just saying a simple hello, we could brighten up their day, or they could make ours better. It can be a little nerve-racking, I won’t pretend that it’s not, but what’s the worst that could happen? They don’t say hello back? Well, then you just keep on walking. I doubt anyone’s going to make fun of you because you said ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’.
Loras is a close campus – a community. So we should try to make it as great a place as possible. That can start with putting the cell phones away, lifting your head up to notice the people around you, and simply giving them a smile or greeting. Who knows- you could make someone’s day better. As W.B. Yeats said, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.” Let’s make it so there are no strangers at Loras. So, the next time you’re walking around campus, put the phone away.