January 26, 2012
"On Wednesday's We Wear Pink"
Most high school experiences are defined with what clique you were a part of. We have all heard the funny stereotypes:
• The Athletes (who are so good looking but dumb as a doornail)
• The Stuck-Up Pretty Girls who no one liked (but secretly wanted to be friends with)
• The Nerd that you copied off of in physics (you felt bad… but not bad enough to do your own work)
By the time graduation comes around, friends grow apart based on separate college acceptances, the hot couple breaks up because the boy is going out of state for a football scholarship, and everyone else prepares to move on in different directions. Movies such as Grease or American Pie create this dream for high school students that after graduation everyone changes and stereotypes are left behind making it easy to start fresh in college.
…….How unrealistic those movies are!!
From my own experience, the cliques that I thought had vanished from high school are more obvious than ever here at A&M. However, this doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. Not every “clique” or stereotype about a group means that they are just as perfect and evil like "The Plastics" in Mean Girls.
In college, besides all nighters, frat parties, and occasional studying, one of the most important things to do is meet people. Whether that is going Greek, being an athlete, or maybe entering the Corps, most of the time people surround themselves with people who have similar interests. Therefore falling right back into the normal stereotypes.
When you are people watching outside of Blocker, this guide to the right will help you determine who belongs where.
Neatly-pressed uniform, crew cut, clean-shaved face
Neatly-pressed uniform, slicked back bun
Head to toe in A&M Sweats, Adidas/Nike logo present, athletic shoes, listening to an iPod
Basically, the same as the male athletes
Columbia fishing shirt, polo baseball cap, Sperry’s on the feet, and an occasional fleece zip-up
MY FAVORITE ONE TO DESCRIBE! SEE BELOW
Now my own personal favorite to identify… SORORITY GIRLS! I say all of this with love because I am in a sorority and I fall into this stereotype. On a normal school day, a typical sorority girl described head to toe would look like this: hair decorated by an oversized bow, a large T-shirt advertising her letters on it, leggings, ankle socks and tennis shoes. She may be accessorized with David Yurman jewelry, a Michael Kors watch, and a Jon Hart backpack.Totes the most presh outfit combo for campus
Obviously not every member in the chapters here at A&M will be dressed like this, but from what I see, and how I dress, this is pretty common!
Like I said, just because cliques and stereotypes don’t end in high school, doesn’t mean that they are all bad. It is human nature to desire acceptance and friendship and what better way to accomplish that than dressing the same?!!!??
Although I love identifying myself with my sisters in the way I look… I am dreading the day that extra large T-shirts on size small girls are out of style. There better be a job for me in the real world that accepts leggings, hair bows, and Delta Gamma T-shirts…
Look for me on campus tomorrow... I'll be wearing exactly described from above!
Tomi is a sophomore studying communications and business administration. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.