“It is Not a Place to Hang Out”: Biology Paper

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“It is Not a Place to Hang Out” Norms exist everywhere, whether they are implicit or explicit they are present in our everyday lives. Norms vary depending on the place, the event, and the people. They are everywhere. Even when the norms are implicit, one is expected to follow them. When a person does not follow a norm, they are viewed as out of place or out of line. Not following a set of norms can have negative consequences. Some cultural implicit norms in the United States are: holding the door for the person behind you, using indoor voices, saying thank you, and not running in hallways which can also be an explicit rule. For example, when someone does not hold the door for the person behind them, the person behind them might view them as rude, inconsiderate, or just plain mean. No one takes into account that maybe the person that did not hold the door might be having a bad day, it is just expected that they hold the door for whoever is behind them. In school hallways there are implicit rules that one must follow, but there are those certain people that choose to be deviants to those norms and stray away from them. The place I chose to study was the first floor in Brownson Hall. Brownson Hall is the main educational building in Manhattanville College. It is a four-story building with the first floor being known as the “ground floor.” It is comprised of classrooms, offices, a commuter lounge, a café, the registrar’s office, faculty services, biology and chemistry labs, a theatre known as “the little theatre,” and a computer lab. I chose the first floor because the entrance is on the first floor, which is the main floor of the building. It is where most of the students, professors, employees, and, on occasion, parents and guests come together. In the first floor one can find classrooms, the commuter lounge, faculty services, a computer lab, the Brownson Café, restrooms, and the registrar’s office. The
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main purpose of this place is to provide a place where students can engage in learning in a controlled environment. Other purposes include: meeting with professors, attending tutoring sessions, “hanging out” at place where commuters can relax without being in a classroom environment, grabbing a bite to eat on the go at the café, and going into the registrar’s office if they have any questions or situations related to he academics of the school. When a student thinks of Brownson Hall, the first thought that comes up in their mind is “classrooms.” People come into the first floor of Brownson because it is the main entrance. It is the only way to enter the building without having to go through the back. The first floor also connects to the Music building and has a path towards the library.
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