I am sure that we all remember the movie “Mean Girls.” Who wouldn’t? It gave us a glimpse of new student Cady Heron’s first day back in an all-American public high school, after residing in Africa for almost her entire childhood life. Come to think of it, in one way or another, we are no different. If we put ourselves in Cady’s shoes, we realize that we do know how it feels like to be surrounded by thousands of students in their own respective cliques, while we try to find our own personal niche.
In the movie, these cliques were stereotyped and grouped according to their interests, hobbies, and activities. The cliques ranged from the ‘Plastics’ to the ‘Varsity Jocks’ to the ‘Sexually Active Band Geeks’ to the ‘Asian Nerds’ to the ‘Desperate Wannabes’ to the “Burn Outs’ and so on and so forth. Although this movie was largely based on Western social context, it paints a picture of how stereotypes play a role in society, and of how people perceive other people.
In our culture, stereotypes established from high school seem to carry over until college. Based from observations, let us take a peak at some of the most common stereotypes from the Ateneo de Manila University.
THE JSEC KID
The lowdown: They are often deemed as the ‘conyo kids’ and ‘fashown’ people on the block. Why they are called JSEC kids, you may ask? This crowd is named after their favorite hangout, the JGSOM Student Enterprise Center (JSEC), which houses student-owned stalls serving affordable and delicious meals. Most of the students who frequent JSEC are School of Management majors. The males are often seen sporting boat shoes, polo shirts, and bermuda shorts while the females don their most stylish outfits. You would always find them spending their breaks at JSEC, eating with their barkada or cramming their readings before class.
THE ORG PEOPLE
The lowdown: While we see most students going home after a long day in school, the org people choose to chill after their class at the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership, more commonly known as MVP. Inside MVP, each org has their own room, where the members put their creative juices to work, and brainstorm for new ideas for their respective projects. The org people usually develop a very close-knit relationship with their peers. And they find meaning in being an active member of an org, an org which allows them to find their passions in life.
The lowdown: You could easily spot freshmen on the first day of school, or rather, the first few months of school. With theirs big backpacks, they find a way how to not get lost in such a big campus. “Freshies,” as they are often called, usually walk around school in big groups – and when I say this, I’m serious. You would often see them everywhere, chilling in the library, having group discussions in the cafeteria, eating at Matteo, or just hanging out in SEC walk. They often come in large packs, and they tend to stick together.
THE LIB PERSON
The lowdown: As the name suggests, the lib person has officially made the library his or her second home. Funny enough, the lib person does not really go to the library to just study or to do some research. There is something about the relaxing ambiance in the library that calms them down and lulls them to sleep. Not to mention, the New Rizal Library is one of the few places in campus that is fully air conditioned; so it comes to no surprise that the lib person will spend all his or her free hours here, either to just relax or to use the computers.
The lowdown: Meet the cuatro kids or the ultimate magis students. With an oustanding QPI, you will easily spot the smarty-pants in class. They never fail to come to class prepared, they study in advance, they ace all their exams, they nail their presentations, and they submit the most beautifully written papers. Are they even human? Yes. The smarty pants give their 100% focus on everything academics related. And true enough, they reap what they sow.
The lowdown: If you pass in the area between SEC B and SEC C on the way to class, you would not miss the musicians. They are all part of the Ateneo Musicians’ Pool, an organization that caters to anyone with a passion for music. Music is their first love, and it helps them unwind and break free from all the stress in life. Armed with their musical instruments, they are often seen belting out new tunes or just keeping it cool with their guitar playing skills.
THE BABBLE MEMBER
The lowdown: When they’re not busy coming up with new routines, or going through hardcore training for the UAAP season, the Blue Babble Batallion team members are just your ordinary student athletes. People may often see them as intimidating or ‘all-that’, but the truth is, despite all their achievements, they are one of the friendliest and down-to-earth bunch you would meet. You can easily spot them at their tambayan at SEC C, catching up with schoolwork, or just simply relaxing after training.
The lowdown: Despite being a regular in the party scene, the party-goers are simply social butterflies. They love to meet new people, and they enjoy the company of their friends. Despite the impression that they do not pay as much attention to their academic life, it’s not always the case. What sets the party-goers apart, is not only that they get to balance both work and play, but also that they excel at both.
How about you?
Fashion interns, what are some of the stereotypes found in your school? Share with us your observations!