The sorority girl is a dumb blonde who canít get enough
of fraternity guys. The fraternity guy is a drunkard who canít keep his eyes or
his hands to himself. The engineering major is smarter than life and has a 4.00
GPA. And the theater major is different.
Life is full of stereotypes, and Iíve finally opened my
eyes enough to see how present stereotypes are in everyday life.
My reflection of stereotypes began the other day when an
acquaintance tried to explain someone to a group of friends by identifying her
as a ďtheater major.Ē
Faces were made after the words ďtheater majorĒ were said, and people chuckled to themselves.
And for some reason, I donít understand why.
Maybe itís the fact that Iím in love with a ďtheater
major.Ē I know love can make people blind, but I donít think Jonathan is that
different from the average person.
Maybe itís the fact that Iíve worked in the theater for
the past three years. I have become comfortable in the theater office and donít
give a second thought to the ďnormalityĒ of the people who enter and exit the
office on a regular basis.
Or maybe itís the fact that some of the best friends I
have made are or were students in the theater department.
These theater students are the people who have never
failed to extend invitations to me, people who always make me feel comfortable
and welcome. Whatís wrong with that?
It doesnít make sense to classify people by one group or
one organization they are involved in. People are complex, and there is no way
one word can adequately define a person.
And who defines what is normal and what is different?
What is normal to one person may be different to another. What gives someone
the right to decide that he or she is superior enough to decide the meaning of
normal or different?
Stereotypes donít work. You see, I am the president of my
sorority. Does that mean I am a ditzy blonde who parties all of the time? I
hate to break it to you, but I am brunette, and
partying is not at the top of my list.
I have a 4.00 GPA. Does that mean I am a nerd or a
bookworm who spends all of my time nestled in my books? I do study, but my life
does not revolve around making good grades. I make sure to reserve time for my
fiancť, my friends and the organizations in which I am involved.
And what does the fact that I work in the theater mean?
Well, I guess that makes me different. Itís hard to
speculate whether or not Iím different; Iíll leave that one for you to
The problem is that all of these stereotypes contradict
each other. Maybe I am the only person in the world who canít be stereotyped.
Or maybe, just maybe, I am one of millions of people who canít be defined by
Just think, the person you sit by in class, whether in
Greek letters or embedded in books, may not be as
obvious as he or she appears. Maybe he or she canít be defined by one word
Amanda James is a junior journalism major from Ruston
and serves as a news editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to