” Stereotypes help you to classify me” as poet Indigo Williams said in an excellent critique of stereotypes in society (check it on youtube). While stereotypes invariably lead to misunderstanding and ignorance they can make for mildly amusing blog fodder. So, with that caveat in place, let the sweeping generalizations begin!
The med school guys live a largely separate life to the rest of the campus. There courses are longer, their days crammed with hours and if they fail one exam they have to retake their own face. Their lives are very different to your average humanities student who spends around 10 hours a week in actual lectures and seminars. The doctors live a mysterious existence and small of formaldehyde. Basically, you will never know them.
The Guy who Collects Swords
There is one allocated to every college in the country. What? You didn’t know? There is an annual meeting of guys who like to collect ‘ornamental’ and exotic weapons and they all decide that due to their small number they need to spread themselves evenly to collages all over the country so as many students as possible are exposed to their awesomeness.
The Attention-Seeking Girl
This one can often be found alienating her housemates with her constant need for attention or sitting on the ledge of a window threatening suicide after drinking, like, two beers. She may be talented but will ultimately self-sabotage her efforts and rarely finish her course.
These are the students who need the anonymity of being in a group of people. They like to wear the same clothes and take comfort in the standardization of their social group. Mess with their precarious social order at your peril. Their favorite hobby is to drink a lot of booze in order to drown out the voice of the terrified child inside.