I have an important exam coming up and a few friends in my class want me to sit with them. Normally I would, but I'm worried about this group distracting me while I'm writing the exam. I won't discuss my reasons here, although I admit some of them are irrational (I have OCD).
I like sitting up in front of the classroom because I can easily ask the prof questions during the exam, so that's what I'm planning to do. However, I'm worried about my friends coming up before the exam and asking me to sit with them (this happened at a previous exam). Last time I just refused, and some of them were a bit annoyed with me (relations for the next few weeks seemed somewhat worse, although that could just be me). In addition, the encounter distracted me a bit while I was taking the exam (it was in the back of my mind that I shouldn't have been so rude, and because of me maybe they're annoyed and not doing as well on the exam).
If this happens at this exam, I could just say I like sitting up front and having my space. There's two problems here:
- They could again become annoyed.
- One or more of them might move up and sit beside me. If this happens, it would be rude for me to leave.
My question is how to sit by myself, while keeping relations fully in tact, and ensuring none of them decide to move and sit beside me. I've thought about telling them a day or two before the exam, although this might come off as weird. I've also considered just sucking it up and sitting next to them right off the bat, although this isn't really ideal.