College is an exciting new experience, especially for freshmen like me. So many of us have lived in one place our whole lives: the same school, the same church, and probably the same friends. Along come these brand new experiences and so many changes that it almost stuns you.
It leaves many of us in an unfamiliar spot. So many freshmen guys are reaching out and trying to cling to something that makes this process of adapting less overwhelming. A lot of us have had the same friends our whole life and making new ones is something we really have not had to do.
There are several different ways to make friends on campus. From rushing, joining campus ministries, or even intramurals, staying involved is the key to meeting new people. But there is one way that is certainly the wrong way, and quite a few guys have started trying it: playing acoustic guitar in public places.
We have all seen that guy. While it may seem perfectly fine to play your guitar outside the Caf, on the steps of Chrestman, or even in the quad…. DO NOT DO IT. Do not be that guy. There are so many things wrong with that guy.
Singing/playing John Mayer outside the dorm does not give the illusion that you are a really deep guy (And who knows? You might be!)
There is also the guy who does no really know how to play guitar but does a solid job of continuously strumming the cords he does know with passion…. You are fooling no one.
Third, there is a very special type of “that guy.” I discourage acting like this next guy and communicating with him in any way. We have all seen the guy who plays worship music (There is absolutely nothing wrong with worship music. Go, Jesus.) in a public area as a way to get girls.
Using worship music as a way to get girls is just wrong on a whole different level. But you look foolish in the process. Here is a lesson to be learned: do not be the guy who plays acoustic guitar out in public on campus.
Acoustic guitars are also misused in dorms. If you can play guitar and want to jam a little in your room, that is awesome! Jam away. If you would like to sing and play a few praise songs during your quiet time, more power to you.
But if you want to sing/play sappy teenage love songs with you dorm door open…. Please refrain from such behavior. It is a little (a lot) weird for everyone else. Nothing says awkward like hearing “One Less Lonely Girl” being sung from an eighteen-year-old college freshman male down the hall.
So now you know. Never be that guy! Do not play guitar in public places, as worship songs are not a tool to bring in the ladies, and please never sing/play in the dorm with your door open.
I have saved you from one day looking back at your time as a freshman and feeling ashamed. No need to thank me, just do not play in public.
– Jared Ennis, Contributing Writer