As a resident of the tenth floor of Hinton James Residence Hall, it's fair to say the ten flights of stairs to my suite are a daunting physical challenge. While some days I strive to get my “HoJo calves” from the stairs, most days I'm not up to the challenge. As a result, I often find myself in one of the building’s three elevators. Since moving in, I've spent quite a lot of time in the elevators around campus as well. Having done so, I've seen a certain lack of elevator etiquette.
I think it's time for a quick lesson.
Do: Keep the elevator open if someone is trying to get in.
I know we all have places to be, and sometimes we need some alone time. Still, something as simple as keeping the door open is always a kind thing to do. The person rushing in will definitely appreciate it.
Don’t: Let too many people on the elevator. It will break down.
As a HoJo resident, I know how valuable the elevators are. Yes, elevators actually break down, and it's quite unfortunate when they do. We've already seen them break down thrice! Elevators can only hold so many. Follow directions or your own intuition. It’ll save everyone a lot of time and stairs.
Do: Let people off the elevator if they are behind you.
When people are trying to get off on their floor, please let them exit the elevator. Don’t stand in their way. No one wants to awkwardly shove a stranger on their way to class. Be mindful of everyone around, and let them exit smoothly.
Don’t: Press the "up" button as soon as the elevator door closes.