For many introverts, home is where the heart is sitting behind the other hearts.
When introverts enter a classroom – or any room – many look for that one special seat in the back. It beckons: “Come, sit, relax, away from the maddening class.”
Contrary to popular opinion, observing the world from the rearmost view isn’t so bad. Are you really concerned that your dying words will be, “Why wasn’t I friendlier with that girl in sophomore geometry class who always sat in the front row and did her homework on time?”
If you choose to be a back sitter, here are some tips to make your stay more enjoyable.
- Sit behind a large person. They’re great shields and provide effective soundproofing.
- Always have at least 10 excuses handy for when you’re caught staring out the window. For example: a) I think I just figured out a cure for cancer. b) That’s exactly how the sky looked on the day I was placed in an orphanage.
- Never sit behind a student who participates enthusiastically in class. Watching an arm continually rise for attention causes severe exhaustion.
- If your lifelong dream is be a ventriloquist, never use students sitting more than 10-feet away as practice dummies.
- As a courtesy, always share your seat with other introverts. Simply get up, point to the chair, and of course, avoid eye contact.