Conway, AR


62 Ratings

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Hendrix College

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What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Typical Hendrix student: there is none. Seriously. Think of every college stereotype and I can think of a face to match. To better explain… I had three roommates my freshman year, and two girls who practically lived in my room. Memphis, New Orleans, upstate New York, California-turned-Arkansas, St. Louis and Philadelphia were represented geographically. Dance, band, tennis, arts-and-crafter-extraordinaire, Ultimate Frisbee and swimming were our ‘main’ extra-curriculars. Stereotypes: brainy future politician, stoner sex kitten, intensely competitive blonde athlete, goofy-but-lovable girl, hot-bisexual-next-door, über-busy Mom-type. We all got along and still have dinner together every Saturday night. Now expand that out campus-wide and you’ll better understand why there’s not a “typical” Hendrix student. The most commonly shared characteristic of the student body is that some freakishly large percentage of the campus voted for Obama; democratic bastion in Arkansas, I guess (even so, my roommate is a die-hard Republican… go figure). What I hear from kids at the AR state schools who come to our rockin' parties, we're the "smart rich kids who party hard" (rich because it's a private school).

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There is a lot of variety at Hendrix, but generally speaking students are seen as politically liberal, open-minded, smart, and quirky. That may be the case, but there are some vocal conservatives on campus, and beliefs fall everywhere on the spectrum. I would say the quality that could most easily be pinned to a majority of students is our acceptance of others' differences - regardless of sexuality, politics, religion, money, etc. you will be respected at Hendrix as long as you respect others.

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I do not think that there is one specific type of stereotype here at Hendrix. You can find a wide range of students strolling around campus on a regular basis: nerdy, sporty, hipster, hippie, preppy, liberal, conservative, and so on and so forth. I feel as if everyone here at Hendrix is accepted because we all share this "Hendrix vibe" that you really cannot put into words. You've to feel it to believe it.

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We are a very liberal community that attracts people with open minds.

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Rich kids, hippies, liberals, partiers, hardworking students.

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Activists, Party Animals, Liberal, Intelligent

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From hosting students and leading families on campus walks during the four years I attended Hendrix, I heard a lot of "isn't Hendrix a hippie school? or "isn't Hendrix super liberal?" There are many misconceptions about Hendrix because it is a private, LIBERAL arts college living among other institutions of higher learning with thousands of students and no visible diversity. Because Hendrix's size is smaller than surrounding universities/colleges, our differences are simply more noticeable.

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