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Diatribe: School Stereotypes at Boston College

The CSOM Bro. We all know the stereotype. Men walking to Fulton in their Sperry’s and Vineyard Vines, complaining loudly about the latest slip in the stock market, or worse, the broken equipment at the Plex. When not fretting over whether or not daddy can get them an interview at Goldman's, they can be found scouring LinkedIn for the next best connection. 

However, I wouldn't mess with the women in CSOM either: eager to break into the finance scene, the CSOM women are not here to take your shit. Uptight and scary, with a tight ponytail to match, you can bet that they will be right there with their male counterparts, vying for internships with the best of them.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, stereotypically, are the student-athletes. Their scooters, before the ban, of course, could be found lined up outside the Lynch School of Education. Everyone thinks those Lynch classes are just so easy, right? They are prone to getting extensions so they can go to practice (not that going helps them win any games, anyways), ghosting the members of their group projects, or scouring Herrd for what classes are easiest. Seriously though, which one of you is going to tell me what natural science I should take?

Not even CSON can escape getting stereotyped. Don't get me started on the nursing students. They can be found with a coffee sitting in front of their iPad and computer, making pretty highlighted notes about different types of bacteria found in your gut.  While they are known for sticking together, once you can pull a nursing student into your friend group they’ll become the ideal group mom, perfect for telling whether aspirin or ibuprofen is really best for that headache.

MCAS may be too big to cast as a whole, but don't worry, each major produces its own type of person. Whether it's the political science major who is convinced they are going to be the next Elizabeth Warren, or the psych major just itching to diagnose what's really going on up there, Morrissey is full of its type of crazy.

Although we can all laugh about these stereotypes, what happens when they start affecting those who they typecast?

While we all joke about the CSOM man caring only about whether their NFT is going to get the highest price, are we not promoting toxic masculinity? Is there anywhere for a “finance bro” to talk to about how they’re feeling, or something other than a future pension? Or will they ridicule him for wanting to do something rather than build a portfolio?

Likewise, the Lynch students often feel belittled by other students on BC’s campus. Lynch students are often looking to get teaching or social impact degrees, which typically lead to jobs with lower paying salaries than financial bankers or doctors. They face scrutiny about “wasting” such an expensive education on a degree that may not lead to a high salary degree.  Because of this, students often wonder if Lynch students have their priorities straight, since we live in a world where money often leads to comfort in life. 

These students often have to defend themselves and the classes they take against people who have a different idea of what is important to study. Social impact and teaching have just as important, if not more important, roles in the world than other jobs, so why do we continue to look down on the classes Lynch students take as easier than our own? 

It's easy to make assumptions on our campus, with some of the stereotypes almost too easy to count on. But we must make sure that our preconceived notions of people aren't interfering with our relationships before people can make a real impression.

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