So you’re in college now, huh? Ready to be all grown up and professional yet? We hope not. Enjoy your time in college, and discover who you want to be!
But with that at the back of your mind, it’s helpful to have a few go-to tactics that you can practice for being classy and looking sophisticated, so you’re ready to make it a habit in the real world. And that real world, well, it’s coming sooner than you expect. So have some fun with playing at being classy now, while you still can!
Here’s four ways to be classy on campus.
We’re not asking for help here; we’re asking you to help someone else. Specifically, think of ways to help people in ways that are chivalrous and classy. Some folks might argue that the code of chivalry is dying, or even long dead, but you can set an example that it’s not, and you can bet your fellow students will notice.
Who knows, maybe you’ll end up helping out someone who becomes your special someone, as a result. What are some examples of classy chivalry? Here are a few:
— Open a door for someone.
— Open a door for someone you’re not attracted to. More people will notice this one, and it’ll feel better.
— Always have an umbrella, and always offer it to someone else when it rains. You’ll get wet, but you’ll have a friend forever.
— Thank people with a firm handshake and a smile. This seems basic, yet too many people do neither.
2. Dress well, sometimes
You don’t have to dress up every day, but do it every once in a while. Especially on days when nobody else does. You’ll look real classy by contrast.
3. Volunteer to be a designated driver
Nothing says classy like being in control of yourself for an entire night, which is something not every college student can manage. When you give friends a ride home at 2 a.m., you’re earning great karma credits with them, and you’re looking (and being) classy.
4. When you’re not the driver, drink in a classy way
Whether it’s a fancy grown-up drink like a dirty martini, or a stainless steel bottle opener that’s quite a bit nicer than everyone else’s cheap keychain implement, there are all kinds of ways to be classy while you drink. Assuming you’re of legal age, of course!