Is it ever appropriate to ask to be moved?
I’m curious…this Saturday I sat next to a young man (maybe 21-22) to take the exam. It became clear very soon after we started that he was agitated. He was violently flipping the pages of the booklet (I know, we all flip back and forth, but this was with excessive force and created a lot of noise), forcefully erasing causing the whole table to shake, he kept making disgruntled sounds, at a few points during the exam he was thumping/hitting himself on his arms and chest (maybe to circulate blood??). At one point he ran (yes, ran) to the water cooler, downed water, and ran back to the desk. Luckily I had brought ear plugs and that helped me tune out some of this, but some was still disruptive. All in all, it was not ideal but I managed.
But it got me thinking…if this really bothered me, could I ask to be seated somewhere else? Is that an option?
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