Stereotyping--that wonderful word that describes a person's misconstrued attitude towards another person or group of people. Believe it or not, but stereotyping still exists even in college. This is an issue that I wholeheartedly believe needs to be addressed especially under the new presidency and all of the controversy surrounding that. I've put together a list in no particular order of the most common stereotypes that I hear about on my own college campus.
5. The "dumb" jocks
Yes, there is a fair amount of guys and girls who are accepted into college based more on their athletic skill, but that doesn't mean they don't possess intelligence or anything other than just athletic skills.
4. The "sleazy" frat boys
There is plenty of stigma that goes along with being in a fraternity. I'm not saying there aren't guys that just want to party and hook up with girls, but there's are also plenty of guys that I know who have joined their frat for the brotherhood and serving the community aspect that goes along with that.
3. The "stupid sluts"
I hear so many things about who is sleeping with who that I could write a book about all of the stories I've heard about girls. The bottom line here is that there shouldn't be a stigma based around a girl's sexual encounters. It's one thing if a girl really is somebody who is just at college to sleep around with as many guys as possible, but it's also another thing if a girl is just someone who's had more experience and she shouldn't be judged based solely on that.
2. The "weird nerds"
Chances are, that sometime in your life, you'll meet somebody who is super into what can be classified as nerdy because they're a little more technical or they may have a broad vernacular or something around those terms. In a college setting, something I often hear is the term "loser" labeled to somebody who is just a little different than the "average" college student.
1. The "idiot stoners"
What someone chooses to do with their own life on their own time shouldn't be subject to anyone's judgement whether it is agreed upon or disagreed with. Personal opinions kept to one's self will make the world a better place for future generations to know that you shouldn't "judge a book by its cover" as to speak when it comes to understanding someone. If it's not hurting you, then let it be.
All in all, this is simply meant to give an opinion from a young person who is part of the changing world that is tired of dealing with the outrageous number of social stigmas. Loving others really does trump hate. Maybe, this article will an eye opener, just maybe.