One girl suggested that we should just all be friends. She suggested it with the kind of hope and optimism that I'm pretty sure she can see us all braiding each other's hair while holding hands and discussing the ins and outs of journalistic ethics. This girl is clearly dillusional.
Following a heartwarming session in Ivor's** class today, where we talked out our feelings and determined that the solution was to all get drunk together (I kid you not--this was actually suggested by Ivor, and we agreed under the condition that he join us) I ran into some of the people from my class on campus. It was over an hour later, and I was walking down the stairs in the business building, when I saw two of my classmates ascending the stairs. "Hi!" I chirped cheerily in greeting. Both of them looked directly at me, and proceeded up the stairs without responding with so much as a smile. (One of these classmates in particular has done things in the past like move my coat and bag to another seat so that she wouldn't have to sit beside me. The other is usually amicable towards me.)
Walking out of the building, I saw another one of the girls. I smiled at her. She looked at me, but did not smile back. Proceeding down Gould street, I ran into one of the token guys. He avoided my gaze and did not acknowledge knowing me.
I don't get it.
In the past I've been told that people find me intimidating, but I really don't think this is the case. Truth be told, I kind of think that these people might view me as a snob. Is the root of my problem my complete inability to small-talk? (I don't know how to have the "how are you?" pleasantry conversations. So I don't. I'm kind of opposed to them. They're pointless. The only time I'll ask how you're doing is if I genuinely care about your response.) Maybe my social awkwardness has grown to the point where people think I'm a flat-out bitch?
Or maybe these other girls are just flat-out bitches themselves? Does it really take so much effort to exchange a simple hello with someone? Or at least make eye contact in acknowledgement and smile as a greeting? These aren't pointless pleasantries. These are simply manners. Why are these people so eager to pretend that they don't know I exist?
Whatever the case is, it will be interesting to see how the next year plays out.
_____________________________________________________*There are three guys in my class. Everyday is estrogen in excess.
**My magazine writing prof.