Harvard is supposed to be the "gold standard" of education; essentially, this implies that if you go here, you're brilliant and set to do brilliantly in life. Harvard is known to be a rich school full of opportunities. It is also known to have grade inflation; many have the idea that the hard part of Harvard is getting into it.
Harvard students are stereotyped to be geniuses or at least people engrossed in academics. They are expected to be very hard workers who "don't have a life" and who don't party, do drugs, or have sex much. People assume Harvard students are preppy and rich.
The two main stereotypes that I've heard about Harvard students is that they're a) extremely wealthy and b) extremely intelligent (i.e., genius-quality). I've also heard that Harvard students never stop working or never leave the library, and that they don't know how to have a good time.
That we all wear monacles, vests, and top hats, that we all own yachts, and that we all tell time by looking at our pocketwatches.
More seriously, probably that we're all overachieving type A personalities who work ourselves to death. Also, that we're incredibly nerdy.
Rich, white, WASP-y, and old money; elitist, entitled, and snobbish; collar-popping and arrogant; smarter-than-thou with 4.0s and perfect SATs (but no social graces). No wonder I’ve rarely received positive responses when telling strangers that I attend Harvard ;)
Some stereotype about Harvard students is that they're all rich, wear expensive clothes, and flaunt this whenever they can. For some reason people also seem to think we have thick Boston accents and say Hahvahd all the time.
They study all the time, are very nerdy and intellectual. Harvard students don't have the best social skills, and are poor athletes. They're also not very attractive and don't have great fashion sense.
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