I Bet I Can Make a Stereotype Out Of You
- Article by Stephanie Wight
- May 25, 2011
It’s just way too easy in this college setting to stereotype every person that you see. The lax bro, the sorostitute, the raging alcoholic, the pot head, and the list goes on and on. I decided to label the first four people that popped onto my newsfeed with some less common, yet highly contagious college stereotypes. And proceed to pick them apart. Here we go:
Gym Rat- This stereotype works for the ladies and the men of Udel. I am all about integrating exercise into my daily/weekly/once-a-monthly routine. But you know some people have an obsession when, no matter WHAT time you show up at the gym, they are there, with no sign of ever leaving. Apparently the gym even has a list of people they think workout too much- who they “keep an eye on.” Several people have been pointed out particular gym rats to me as “omg that girl is on the list," however, I’m not sure if this is just some Mean Girls attempt to start drama or if it actually exists. Either way, everyone knows who I’m talking about. And same goes for the meathead guys who literally have so many different protein supplements in their rooms there isn’t any space to walk. I think in high school boys actually got laid because of their cute dimples or personalities…in college it’s all about the bod. But some skinny bitches and body builders take it to the extreme.
Videogame Addict- I don’t actually witness any of this action (or lack there of) but when I hear 20-year-old men intensely engaged in conversation about “World of War Craft” through Facebook wall posts, I am sad to admit they are my friends. Or they were, until I never saw them again because they were locked in a cave on a Friday night, glued to this lonesome activity. Ok, maybe you play with other video game obsessed nerds, but I still don’t get it.
Reality Junkie- These are the girls who keep their TVs locked to MTV 24/7. Turning on any form of Teen Mom or Intervention can be deadly. After seeing some interesting drugged out person screaming on my roommates TV, I can tell you that once you turn on a reality marathon series, you’re done for the day. I’m proud to say that besides watching Jersey Shore to pregame, I don’t ever plan my day around Hoarders and the like. But once you stumble upon one, there’s no turning back. So I can only imagine the lives of the girls who actually DVR 16 & Pregnant and cuddle up with popcorn for The Bachelorette. Why is it that we can claim a reality show is so stupid and the people on it are idiots, yet will still never cease to be entertained?
Perfectionist- This is the president of whatever club you pretend to participate in, who sends emails with his or her signature which lists 500 things they are involved in. Example:
Communications major, Political Science, Journalism, Advertising, Interactive Media minors
President of Delta Rho Sorority
V.P. of Student Government
P.R. chair of Student Newspaper
C.E.O. of Apple Inc.
Ok, exaggeration, but, if you ever talk to one in person they will ask you how many minors you have, what your summer internship plans are in January and where you plan on working after you graduate in two years. They type out 20 page long study guides and rub it in your face, and then get casual lunches with the Dean of your school. Do I sound a little bitter? But the truth is, I’d rather work hard and play harder. Not video games though.