People always talk about stereotypes. Whether they’re at high school, college, university, or even adulthood, they’re always there. But how accurate are they? Speaking as somebody who is at University at the moment, I’m speaking from experience when I write this. So here goes. 11 people you will definitely meet at University.
1) The Emotional Drunk
Well, this is University we’re talking about. Of course we’re going to start off with the drunks… and there will be no shortage of drunks of this type. They’re normal, but as soon as they’ve got vodka in one hand and a shot glass in the other, a switch flips. They’re all over you, either crying or trying to have convince you to have sex with them… and they won’t remember doing either in the morning. Handle with care, guys.
2) The Happy Drunk
Again, normal until their lips touch the liquid. Suddenly, they’re bouncing off the walls. The world is a brilliant place, which automatically makes you a brilliant person for living in it. How exciting. Nothing can bring these guys down, and why should it? Jump in with them and enjoy the ride.
3) The Smartass
You’re sitting in your first lecture, watching people walk in through the door. He looks nice. She’s hot. I think I’d get on with them. And that’s when you see The Smartass. She’ll stride in, head held high because she’s convinced she already knows everything about what she’ll be studying for the next three years. Even though there’s room in her bag, she chooses to carry her textbooks, shaking her head to get a strand of her tidy hair away from her eyes. She may seem harmless, but look closer and you’ll see the bulging biceps from eighteen years of holding her arm up in the air, waiting to answer every question.
4) The Annoying Guy
They say if you feed a stray cat, it’ll never go away. That’s what you’ve got now. He’s nerdy, he isn’t sure how to use a shower effectively, and he talks about things in seemingly another language – he’s The Annoying Guy. You were nice to him during freshers, because you were nice to everybody during freshers. You wanted to make a good impression. Unfortunately for you, he took this as the foundation for a long-lasting and deeply connected friendship. Good luck shaking him off.
5) The Good Girl Gone Bad
She went to an all-girls school. She studied hard for her A-Levels, and had strict moral values about alcohol, sex, and… well… everything else you thought was fun. But times are changing. She arrives at University and her eyes are opened to a world of drinking games, 4am takeaways and flat parties. Instead of slipping into it, she goes wild. She’s out every night, hungover every morning, and has the more-than-occasional pregnancy scare. She’s fun, but sometimes a bit heavy going. That said, you wish you could go back with her at Christmas just so you could see her parents’ reaction to what their little girl has turned into.
6) The Jock
Standard stereotype right here, but again it’s true. You’ll rarely see him out of a tracksuit, or drinking anything other than a protein shake. They can bench twice your body weight, and probably outrun a lion. Occasionally arrogant and often walking around their flat half naked, they’re like bees; they won’t hurt you if you don’t hurt them.
7) The Attractive Rich Kid
Potentially 90210’s new cast member, The Attractive Rich Kid is like a human marmite – you’ll either love them, or hate them. Often found around other attractive, wealthy students, they’re good at accidentally insulting people and showing off how much money they have. They mean well, but often don’t think about how arrogant they sound when they say certain things. Oh – and their job at Abercrombie is nothing about money, more another way to validate how attractive they are.
8) The Artiste
She walks around with a vacant look on her face, her long hair dip-dyed a bold purple. She’s on an art course, and her room is a messy pit of incense and empty Starbucks takeaways. You’ll recognise her from the denim shorts and baggy t-shirts, always accompanied by some statement of a blazer and mismatched earrings. She’s nice enough and easy to get along with… but nobody will deny she’s a little bit weird.
9) The Slut
Does this one really need an explanation?
10) The Shy One
They make an appearance at parties and group occasions, but are never the centre of attention. If you want to talk to them, it’s best that you approach them than wait for them to approach you – it’ll take a while. Often found in the security of their room, your conversations will often only extend to a quick, “how are you? I haven’t seen you in days!” when they venture into the kitchen to get a cup of tea.
11) The Popular One
There’s always one. The guy who everybody wants to date, or the girl who everybody loves. There’s no point waiting for alone time with these guys, they’re always surrounded by a dedicated group of (often equally as popular) friends. They’re nice to everybody, and they’re the people you wish you knew. They’re tagged in 25 new photos every day, can be seen at every party, and somehow seem to pull off the grades, too. Sociable, outgoing, and always up for a good time.
So there you have it – 11 people that you will definitely meet at University. Get ready.