The smell of poutine food trucks up and down St George Street?
Those students still up at 4:30 am on their 5th coffee at Robarts studying?
The lineups (literally) out the door at the Bloor and Bedford Tim Hortons?
I mean they all come close and all, but nothing says U of T quite like an army of people entering and leaving Con Hall between 12:59 – 1:11pm, that my friends has U of T written all over it. And you don’t truly really realize the sheer size of the student population until you attempt to muscle your way through that crowd.
Plain and simple, there really is no avoiding Con Hall. Sooner or later at least 70% of you will have, or have already had, a class in there but the important thing to keep in mind is that you must embrace it. It’s like a right of passage at this university and we are all “in it together” (Get it because its Con Hall and people go inside Con Hall and we are all in con Hall togeth…… alright I’ll shut up)
There are really just a few simple tricks when it comes to sitting in Con Hall:
1. Don’t be afraid to jump that little barrier. Go up to the second balcony walk down the stairs and just hop over the tiny wooden wall separating the main floor raked seats from the second balcony. You, my friend, just saved yourself at least 5 minutes. Just don’t fall and make a fool of yourself, or if you do at least get your friend to Vine the whole thing.
2. It may seem obvious, but just use the side doors closest to the stage. For whatever reason most people love to rush and push through the two main front doors. What’s up with that?
3. And my least recommended option: actually show up early? I’m not the kind of guy who shows up 20 minutes early to my lectures. I prefer to spend that extra time in the morning “getting ahead in my classes” (aka. sleeping in an extra 10 minutes). Even if you are the early type, this only works if there isn’t a class right before yours. If there is, you my friend will still be subject to the army of ants just like the rest of us.
There you have it, a quick few points on Con Hall. Oh and a last minute thing: if you ever find yourself all the way in the third floor balcony because you’re really late (it’ll happen sooner or later) be sure to count the amount of people playing Angry Birds or Candy Crush in your section, my record is five.