1. Only living that sorority/fraternity life if you can afford to pay up
2. Sitting with people at the dining hall primarily of your own race
3. Associating with people of similar economic class (never too far above or below the class you were born into)
4. Hanging out with friends who wear the same clothes/accessory brands as you do
5. Maintaining friendships with primarily people with similar education goals (for example, if you are in college, it is likely that most close friends are also aspiring to get a college degree)
Some questions to consider when determining any subconscious class boundaries:
-If you are in a strange social situation, whether it be a new extracurricular club, party, or class, what race or gender of people are you most likely to make conversation with?
-Do you and most friends tend to wear similar things (brands, trends) or do you find yourself feeling the urge to want/buy the things they have?
-Do you ever find yourself “sizing up” the people in an unfamiliar group to gauge whether or not you would fit in with their vibe? (could be attitude, race, gender, clothing, interests, or accessories)
If you answered yes to any of the above situations or questions, don’t be alarmed. Class boundaries are so woven into our society that we often do not even realize we are constantly comparing, sizing each other up, and gauging whether or not a human connection with a particular group is possible. It is our job as consumers, members of society, and ultimately as humans to recognize that there is inherent value in getting outside typical boundaries that we and society set forth. Personal and societal growth cannot be achieved in your comfort zone. In the end, conditioned societal class boundaries are something that we must consciously be aware of.