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An Unspoken Rule at ICO

There are many rules and regulations at ICO, ranging from exam policies to HIPAA to academic honesty. However, I want to share a very important rule that will not be found in any syllabus or ICO policy e-mail. It is a rule that was in place before I arrived at ICO and will be in place long after I am gone.

Are you, the reader, ready?

“My spot.”

When a student has chosen their spot in the Lecture Center, whether it be the first, second, or third year, it is their seat until the end of the academic year. It is to be observed and honored.

Now, you are probably thinking, “That’s absurd,” or, “Really?!” but allow me to explain the intricacies of this rule.

  1. Upon entering the new academic year, a student has approximately three days to pick their spot. These three days allow a student to decide whether they like sitting up front, in the back, to the left, to the right, or perhaps right in the middle.

  2. By the fourth day, that spot is determined and that is how it shall be.

  3. This student becomes known by their spot. It is recognized by all the other students in the Lecture Center and the teachers.

  4. As a consequence, the student may become possessive of their territory. There will be discontent if one student decides to take another student’s spot.

…and if a student decides to change their spot? It is complete anarchy! It is madness. If a student changes their spot several things will occur:

  1. It will be noticed. Immediately.

  2. It will be a topic of gossip for at least two days.

  3. It may throw off students of the old and new locations. The thought process is, “What’s this new person doing here? They usually sit over there.”

  4. I cannot confirm this one, but it may throw the professors for a loop.

  5. The memories of this move will not be not forgotten.

I know that this all sounds ridiculous and childish for a professional school, but is absolutely true. There are important reasons why:

  1. One’s “spot” is like a second home. Stories, drinks, and snacks have been shared at that spot. It is where the student likes to be when they are trying to learn, look at the screen/lecturer, or have friends nearby to chat with or confirm if they heard something right.

  2. Personal Comfort. I prefer sitting on the left side so my arm doesn’t bump into people when I am writing (perks of being left-handed.)

  3. Power outlets. Most of the tables in the Lecture Center have power outlets, so it is possible to use a computer or a tablet without the fear of running out of juice.

  4. Seat Quality. Some seats are more comfortable than others. ‘Nuff said.

This is my honest and true summation of this unspoken rule, with all of its intricacies and quirks. I believe this unspoken rule will continue from now to the end of time.


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