I was walking through Port-of-Spain one day and I saw one of my old friends whom I had not seen for years. We were catching up and he asked me what I was currently doing. I then replied that I now attend UWI St Augustine in my second year. When he heard I attend UWI, he automatically labelled me as a limer. I then and there had to “put him in his place” and let him know that yes I “lime” occasionally but I am not just a “typical” UWI student. I know what I want in life so therefore I balance my social life with my school life. He then tried to justify his statement by saying “well I know how allya UWI students like to lime.” That is when I grew an interest for Trinistarrfyre’s theme of her blog since I actually faced being stereotyped.
So I am pretty sure that everyone, at some point in their life has watched at least one movie about being at university and how students are divided into these cliché stereotypes. Being a university student myself and experiencing the UWI “lifestyle”, it is evident that particular stereotypes are associated to a typical UWI student. Stereotypes are generalizations about a group of people where particular characteristics are ascribed to them. So you are probably wondering why does one place stereotypes on groups of people who maintain particular characteristics. According to Gordon Allport, Stereotypes are formed in order to make sense of the world that we live in. Allport suggested that humans understand better when things are categorized, as a result stereotypes are made as a form of categorization to simplify and rationalise data.
Stereotypes may not always be true but when someone hears that you are a UWI student they automatically place you into one of these following stereotypes.
- The delinquents: This first stereotype are the students that never show up for class, never does assignments and basically the one that leaves home to go to class and never reaches. They are also the ones that encourages others not to go class as well. So my advise, if you encounter one of these, beware.
- The Card players:This is the second type of delinquent. At UWI St Augustine, you will also encounter this type of student. They are usually found in The Student Activity Center (SAC) or in the food court AKA Bangladesh. Basically all this type of student does is play All fours all day. If there was a degree on this game they would be 4.0’s.
- The Feters: This type of student can be seen in nearly every fete that is being held in Trinidad. So basically they are the ones that are always tried from partying to hard but when exams come around , Party dun!
- Party promoters: These are the ones that throws and promotes the biggest parties and biggest “fetes”. They are usually very known around the university and anytime u see them around they always have some party to invite you to.
- The Participatory students: This type of student is well-rounded. They attend classes, attend seminars, research day and well basically everything. They are very involved in the student guild and are usually identified by those who create partitions, forms of protests on behalf of their student guild and may even run for President.
- The Nerds AKA the 4.0’s: These students are the geniuses. Basically they know exactly what they are at university for. They are the ones that top the class and reads the whole text-book before the semester even starts.These are the ones that leave with First class honors. They are the real MVP’s.
Though some of these attributes are seen in some students don’t necessarily mean that those titles define them. I mean what happened to the typical student. The student who attends class most times but sometimes just doesn’t make it because that party that they went last weekend just got the best of them. The student that plays cards sometimes but then goes class after. I’m not saying that these types of students doesn’t exist but from my point of view students of this generation aren’t so typical.
We are well-rounded students who actually have a balance between our social life and our School life. According to Paul Watzlawick, The self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that causes itself to be true since that expectation or label causes the person to unconsciously react to that label given. From that I think that stereotyping someone actually makes the person become that label so be carefull of what you are labeling people as because it might just come true!
Special thanks to Rhea aka TriniAdvice for contributing to my blog as a guest blogger 🙂
Here’s a link to her blog which deals with The Impacts of Social Media on Relationships https://triniadvice.wordpress.com/