The Obvious

an exercise in stereotype (with a moral)

Posted in uncategorized by theobvious on January 22, 2008

The language student: most often female, carries around a heap of assorted pages, has dozens of pens and pencils poking out of every bag pocket, looks a bit nerdy and very frazzled, especially around the end of term.

The history student: most often male, carries a backpack which looks empty, looks like a sweet hard-rock-nerd or like he’s not even a student, cycles everywhere even in the winter, the end of term makes him frazzled.

The psychology student: is modern, independent, a bit childish, takes up tons of activities and responsibilities, likes talking to everyone, is friendly and helpful to new and lost people, is only frazzled around the end of term.

The management student: looks very grown-up, wears fashionable clothes and accessories, drives to school, goes clubbing on Friday night through Sunday afternoon, has a part-time job, the end of term leaves him/her frazzled.

The law student: looks business-like, carries a serious-looking folder, dresses as though holding a position of attorney at a major law firm already, spends a lot of time studying, but is still very much frazzled at the end of term.

Moral of the story: even though this was my worst exam session as yet, I couldn’t be happier, because today it is over. And I get to go to the theatre tonight, and then chill out for something like eleven days.

And now I’m going to hum along to Tom Lehrer, be proud that I resisted whining about the exams here, and ignore my inner perfectionist who is saying “B+? B plus?! That’s not nearly good enough!”

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  1. Rachel said, on January 23, 2008 at 7:02 am

    It’s OVER?!

    Lucky you!

    I sound a lot like a language student.

    Wait, I am.

  2. ollka said, on January 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    So am I. What’s your major again?

  3. anyziai said, on February 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    law student’s description is so realistic.
    freshers are usually copying the style of 5th course students, 5th course studens are copying their bosses’ styles and etcetera. vanity.

  4. ollka said, on February 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    You know, maybe vanity is not the worst thing when you want to get far in life. At least it pushes some people to work harder, even if it is just imitation at first. Of course, I wouldn’t know what it’s like to experience that atmosphere first-hand.

  5. reasonablyforeseeable said, on November 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    As a law student, very much frazzled at the end of his term, and finding this gem of internet history, I don’t really fit into the coporate suit lawyer you’re painting =(

    There are some of us in law school, valiantly trying to remember the days when the legal service was as much an institution for social help as medical institutions. And I hope that I would be included in that number.

    If you ever read this comment, o nameless friend in the internet, i hope it finds you well.

  6. ollka said, on November 24, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Hey thank you!
    I certainly hope for your sake that you end up a noble, helping lawyer!


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