Please knock

In the dorm, a lot of people leave their doors open, my roommate and I being two of them. It creates a welcoming atmosphere in the hallway, allowing people to say hi, and a fantastic and easy way to meet the other residents in the hall. Even with it being great, there are times when you shouldn’t walk in and sit down without an explicit invitation.

All dorm rooms may need this! Graphic from My Door Sign
All dorm rooms may need this! Graphic from My Door Sign

Picture this: you’re sitting in your room, with a few close friends talking and doing homework, when someone from down the hall just walks in and sits down. You don’t know what to say or do because you don’t know this person, so it’s very awkward all around. In order to avoid this situation, here are some tips that everyone can follow!

It’s okay to pop your head in and say hi, or if you are good friends, come in and do work with them. If you hardly know the people in the room you are walking and plopping down into, then please take a step back.

Give a courtesy knock on the door, even if it’s open, and especially when it’s closed.

Say “Hello.”

Then either make small conversation or proceed with your walk down the hall if there is no explicit invitation into the room.

Don’t just walk into a room when the door is closed, that’s not only rude, but an invasion of privacy to those in the room.

It’s also a distraction from work, but besides that, it’s just awkward to walk into a room and sit there when you hardly know those people and are just sitting in silence. Or to just burst into a room only to realize that someone is changing, and regret not knocking.

If you want to make friends, then please engage in conversation, but please don’t intrude on personal space in such a way. A good rule of thumb is to always knock, no matter what. It’s courteous, and will prevent some awkward situations.

Also, don’t walk in without an invitation, or at least asking if you can first. This will help things go smoothly, and help avoid tension, or being known as the “unwanted” guest.