An Attempt at Society: Cafe Edition

By Dina Fawaz on December 3, 2015

Ah, cafes.

Sitting in a cafe is what I like to call “My Attempt at Society.” Allow me to explain: While sitting in a cafe all by yourself, you are surrounded by an abundance of living, breathing, real-life human beings.

You’ve got your average coffee-goer, ordering an extra espresso shot in their already 3 shot surgery cup of heartburn.

You’ve got your tea-drinker, you know, the people who come all the way to a coffee shop just to pay for flavored hot water.

You’ve got your basic college student, laptop open so it looks like they are studying when really they are probably just refreshing their email and deciding which Ellen interview to watch next.

Moral of the story: people are everywhere around you. Yet, you’re still all alone. You have the ability to basically turn invisible, put your headphones in to drown the soft hum of the conversations around you, realizing that no one’s attention is actually on you and slowly become just another coffee-goer, tea-drinker, or basic college student. You have no obligations to converse with any humans in that cafe, yet you could if you wanted to because there are many around you.

This, my readers, is “My Attempt at Society.” One of my very few attempts at society, considering the number of times I willingly leave my bedroom is under 5.

Now there are many other places that this sort of thing could happen at; for example, a library or a train. However, cafes have coffee and espresso and cool mugs with the cool milk thing in them:


and yummy pastries (that are extremely over-priced but I still buy them so I can get the full cafe experience.) and tea SO therefore I deem cafes as the best place to attempt society.

The best part about cafes, however, is how for a moment, if just a second,  you share something in common with every single other person in that cafe. In the mist of each human’s life; more specifically, that particular day, they have come to the same exact cafe as you at the same exact time as you. Each person is there for a reason, whether it is to grab a drink on their lunch break or meet up with an old friend to talk over coffee for hours, they have chosen that very cafe where you just happen to be at. You don’t even need to talk to them and probably never will in this lifetime, but you get to witness a part of their day, no matter how small that part is, and I think that is pretty cool.

PSA to all introverts: When you start feeling irrelevant to society because you’ve realized you haven’t left your room since the Vietnam War,

I suggest going to a cafe. I promise you will not regret it.

I'm bad at bios

Follow Uloop

Apply to Write for Uloop News

Join the Uloop News Team

Discuss This Article

More Uloop Campus Life Articles


17 Photos
Shoreview Apartments
6 Photos
Subleasing Awesome On-Campus House for Winter and/or Spring Semester
8 Photos
Spice Tree
6 Photos
Sublease for Winter/ Spring semester
33 Photos
The Varsity Ann Arbor
See all UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Housing Listings


Receive recent University of Michigan news and classifieds on your Facebook Feed. Click the button below and then click "Like"


Back to Top

Log In

or Sign Up
Post FREE Listings
Student Start Here
Post Jobs for Students
Employers Start Here
Housing Providers
Post Available Housing
Housing Start Here

Enter College Name to See Local Results

Log In

Contact Us

Your new password has been sent to your email!

Logout Successful!

You just missed it! This listing has been filled.

Post your own housing listing on Uloop and have students reach out to you!

Upload An Image

Please select an image to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format
Provide URL where image can be downloaded
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format

By clicking this button,
you agree to the terms of use

By clicking "Create Alert" I agree to the Uloop Terms of Use.

Image not available.
By clicking Get Started or Sign In you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Add a Photo

Please select a photo to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format