Getting a seat in class is a very tense situation. It can make or break the way your day or year will go, depending on the class system. Clearly sitting with your friends is important, as is getting out of the teacher’s line of sight if you want to doze off for a bit.
It’s funny how many students obediently follow imaginary rules like “calling” their seats as a way of reserving where you want to sit. As the unwritten, unspoken rule goes: callings may be verbal or implied by leaving one’s personal possessions in the location of the seat. Any calling dispute, such as simultaneous callings is to be determined by an ad hoc challenge, preferably rock-paper-scissors.
Such a rule doesn’t seem to exist in Chinese schools, however, as this lack of social etiquette has turned classrooms into the Thunderdome of seat saving, where the one rule is – there are no rules.