We call one of my roommates “The Mayor of Cornell” because he is nigh impossible to walk to campus with. I have this problem where I live most of my life in a state of five minutes late (I chalk it up to being one of five kids. Getting out the door for school was literally worse than herding cats), but if I walk to class with him, I end up nearly 15 minutes late. 15 minutes is past the boundary of socially-acceptable and earns me a great deal of evil looks from professors, people I have to climb over to get to the only seat left, and the lonely girl whose notebook I accidentally hit while removing my jacket.
I digress, “The Mayor Of Cornell” has to stop to talk to everyone. Seriously, everyone. A standard day can end up like such: stopping at our landlord’s office because the secretary has been having a tough week (how he knows this, I cannot begin to explain), then stopping 12 (not a lie, 12) times on our way to campus to say hey to people, getting a muffin at the cafe, where he somehow knows the guy who is making coffee kids names, and so on.
I am by no means complaining, in fact, I wish I could be as social as he is, but I outshone him this week. I became the official mayor of Goldwin Smith Hall.
As you all may know, I upgraded to a smart phone at the beginning of the school-year, and as I love being at the forefront of social media, I opened a Foursquare account. I have been creating venue’s, leaving tips, checking-in, all the while trying to figure out why anyone uses this platform as I could not seem to become mayor anywhere. (Mayor is the person who “checks-in” the most number of times in 60 days. A seemingly useless title, I think that more companies should start leveraging it to frequent customers through the form of rewards and competitions…Foursquare should hire me). (On another side not, and probably best suited for a separate and independent post, geo-local social networking is a truly untapped market that I think is poised to explode if marketed correctly.)
Then I added my picture to my profile, and voila! I learned what the allure of becoming Mayor was. I run Goldwin Smith. It is my domain. Take that roomie, I have an official title!