How many of you actually go to the cafeteria and say good morning to the cashier, or say thank you to the ladies and/or gentlemen in the lunch line for your food? I've noticed that this is something that the cafeteria workers rarely hear from the average college student.
As an ASG board member, I make it a goal to listen for problems that are going on around campus in order to do what I can to make positive changes. Recently, the ASG board, as well as the chairpeople, had the chance to speak with Mr. Vince Randazzo, the Area Food Service Director for Hinds CC. During this meeting, we discussed various topics, but cafeteria courtesy was something that we ended up spending a good bit of time talking about. We learned more about how the cafeteria staff manage to work with 1000+ students, the problems that may arise, and we realized that it can be a bit overwhelming.
When you take the time to actually pay attention to how people are feeling, they appreciate it. I go in everyday and say good morning (afternoon or evening depending on the meal period) to the cafeteria cashier and try to make small talk. When I go through the line, I at least say hello and thank you.
Cafeteria courtesy works both ways and we should keep an eye and ear out for others that may not think this way and remind them that just a few words, or even the slightest smile can make someone's day. Let's keep that in mind and acknowledge the people who work throughout the day to make sure we are able to eat.
I would like to end this with a quote that I believe fits this pefectly:
Barbara De Angelis:
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.