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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Riverside chapter.

I don’t have many pet peeves. A few common ones are chewing with your mouth open or obnoxious yelling in the morning. However, I’ve come to realize my biggest pet peeve are  people are blatantly rude and mean for no reason at all. 

I’ve realized this pet peeve in high school where I encountered many of these types of people. But, high school is where most people are immature, and I thought in college I would see less of them. So I thought, until my freshman orientation.

Our orientation was through Zoom this year because of the pandemic. On the second day, where we were getting programmed into classes, we had to hop on a Zoom call with our advisor so she could give us a brief overview of what to do. She was advising about sixty students through a zoom call and answering tons of questions naïve freshmen had, which can be stressful. Suddenly, this student started to give her a hard time and started to complain that she was not doing her job right. I grew annoyed because my advisor was trying her best, and this student needed to be patient with her. It was not necessary for this student to act this way for no reason. 

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Aside from this experience, I came across another blatantly rude person just recently. I had a friend (ex-friend now) that I had known for a long time. He and I would text often, having conversations about pretty much everything. Until one day, he made a rude comment to me for no reason and I asked him politely to not do it again. He said, “okay” and I thought that was the end of it. But, then these comments persisted, and I couldn’t just shrug them off. I had to end our friendship because I will not tolerate unprovoked unkindness and the worst part is he did not see a problem with what he was doing. 

I like to live by the phrase, “be kind to everyone because you never know what they are going through.” I truly stand by this saying because there are people fighting their silent personal battles and there is no need to make it worse for them by being mean for no reason. Being unnecessarily mean is not “cool” or “funny,” it’s hurtful and malicious. 

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I know I am not the only one who has encountered people like this. However, the most important thing you can do when you know someone like this is to cut them out of your life. There is no room for people who bring you down and ruin your mood for their own ego. It is important to surround yourself with good kind-hearted individuals and get rid of nasty energy.


Alyssa Monroy

UC Riverside '24

A cellular, molecular, and developmental biology major and public policy minor that loves science, beauty, and writing.
Deedee Plata

UC Riverside '22

20 year old creative writing major with a love for skincare, representation, and art. When not laying down and watching cartoons, I can be found working on my novel or browsing through baby name forums.