Top 10 Worst/Best Icebreakers

This is for all the freshmen and transfer students out there.

In your honor, I have listed all worst/best icebreakers I’ve partaken in and/or heard about. I also added sarcastic commentary for effect — so it would really be in your interest to continue reading. After all, it’s best you prepare yourself — because if your first year at Brown is anything like mine was, a storm is coming…

  1. What’s your favorite ice-breaker? (Nope, not a meta-question. They meant the candy.)

  2. Turn to the person next to you and stare at them for ten minutes without speaking. Write down what you see. (As reported by someone in Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction whose name I do not know.) This allegedly made things icier than they had already been.

  3. What’s the weirdest noise you can make using only your body? (It was a combination of a yodel and a burp.)

  4. If you were an ice-cream, how would you want to be eaten? (The tension in the room thickened noticeably after this question. Fortunately, I’d left.)

  5. If you could be the one to liberate Dobby, what color sock would you give him? (Even though this is essentially an interesting way of asking someone their favorite color, it’s undermined by the fact that someone asked what your favorite color was. It doesn’t really get more generic than that.)

  6. What moral school of thought do you subscribe to? (Okay, fine. This may have been asked during an introductory Moral Philosophy lecture, but still. It counts.)

  7. What are you most insecure about? (I mean… that would definitely break any ice. And probably produce other effects, as well. )

  8. What’s your favorite type of calculator? (If it’s anything other than a TI-84, it’s not even worth breaking the ice with you.)

  9. What good quality do you pride yourself on? (I was oddly tempted to answer with “humility”…)

  10. What’s your favourite publication at Brown? (Trick question, everyone knows the only correct answer is BlogDailyHerald.)

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