(Photo courtesy of Jung Moon on Flickr)
(Photo courtesy of Jung Moon on Flickr)

BY SARAH LEWIS, Student Life Editor

Have you ever walked through the University Center and pointedly ignored someone? I bet you have, and if not I’m sure you’ve been the person who was ignored. I’m here to say that this situation is AWKWARD every single time. I don’t care how stealthy you think you are, you are not Harry Potter wearing the invisibility cloak. I can see you ignoring me. Is this real life? Please, no.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people talking about how it’s awkward to run into someone they went to high school with. Why is it that way? Unless the person pantsed me in the middle of a pep rally, I’m at least going to wave or say hello. I’m not saying you have to run up to them and sit on their lap while telling them how much you’ve missed them, but honestly, what’s wrong with simply offering a hey or even a head nod?

I don’t know about you, but I was raised to be a courteous person. I’m not sure if it’s society that has made us this way, but I have a hunch. It’s not uncommon in my experience for people to not interact in public, but then they start talking on Facebook. WHAT are you doing? If you can’t talk to me in person, don’t bother texting me afterwards apologizing for not saying hey. Nope, stop right there.

If we’re friends on Facebook you might as well acknowledge my existence. You follow me on Twitter? Even better, since you see all my rants, so throw out a “what’s up.” Why are people so afraid of face-to-face interactions? I won’t stab you if you say hello, don’t worry.

Some of you might be thinking, “I just don’t like this person, so why would I say anything to them?” And I’ll ask why you don’t like them, because honestly, there’s no excuse for ignoring someone you know.

A lot of people like to avoid their exes, and that’s fine if you don’t want to play footsies with them underneath a UC table, but if they walk by you, at least acknowledge them. It’s so uncomfortable if you have mutual friends and then both parties pretend the other person doesn’t exist. Really? Let me go get a chainsaw so I can attempt to cut through all this tension. Chance are if you dated, you probably know each other rather well, if you know what I mean. My advice is to just try to be civil. A smile and eye contact isn’t that terrifying, I promise.

Now, maybe there are some people you simply don’t get along with at all, and that’s okay. You don’t have to pretend you’re BFFs who braid each other’s hair at sleepovers because that’s fake, but don’t act like you haven’t ever seen them before in your life. That’s RUDE.

Ever pulled the old, “I’m just checking my cell phone as I walk by you” trick? That’s obviously not real, so stop. Be a big boy/girl and try walking alone through the UC without staring at your phone (partly because I don’t want you to run straight into a wall because you aren’t looking where you’re going).

We’re all adults who are obviously striving for higher education, so don’t fall into a pit of ignorance by being rude. Try being friendly or at least civil. I promise that most people don’t bite.