I would say it's pretty accurate. Like any stereotype, you have to take it with a grain of salt, and understand that not everyone can be categorized that way. Generally speaking though, there is something "Hendrixy" about everyone that goes here.
If your stereotype of a Hendrix student is a unique individual that loves to learn and play, then yes it is accurate. If you think that we are all hippies here, you are wrong. If you think that we are all jocks, you are wrong. If you think that every single student is a raging liberal, you are wrong. Like I said before, we've got a whole big mix of people here; there is no one stereotypical Hendrix student. Although, if you are really set on finding someone that fits a stereotype you have in mind, I am sure that you could find at least one person fitting that description.
Stereotype accuracy: low. Let's break this down. "Smart rich kids who party hard." Smart? Yeah. You don't come to Hendrix unless you want to learn. We work hard. Rich? Not so much. 100% of current students get some kind of financial aid. Kids? Well, yeah, we're still kids. But we're in college. As for the partying, I'll say this: we work hard enough that we need time off. In that time off some people hang out with friends, others work out, others enjoy the insane outdoor activities that Arkansas has to offer (this IS the natural state, after all... hiking, canoeing, spelunking, we've got it all), and others party. This is a college campus after all. That being said, partying and drinking is an individual decision; you won't be pressured. Hendrix is big on making your own decisions and taking responsibility for them... that attitude is found in our student body as well.
Honestly, no. Because Hendrix is different, it is met with trepidation by those who do not understand the amazing atmosphere in which the students grow and thrive. It is this atmosphere that provides the foundation of Hendrix's open, compassionate, and supportive environment. These notions carry through from conversations in the cafeteria, book discussions in Bailey Library, and discourse in D.W. Reynolds.
No stereotype would ever be able to accurately describe all or even a large part of the Hendrix student body. There are rich kids, hippies, liberals, etc. but certainly not everyone would describe themselves as any one of those things. Hendrix is a small college but it represents a diverse community in all senses of the word. The most defining thing about Hendrix for me is the incredible sense of community every student feels. Whether one is from North Carolina or Rwanda, whether one is liberal or conservative, or whether one loves country music or classical music, one will feel part of the Hendrix family. No one is left out and no one is looked down upon or ostracized for being different from others - in fact I would say that being unique is something that Hendrix students applaud.
To the degree that activism and left leaning politics are prominent on college campuses nationwide, Hendrix students exhibit these qualities. Hendrix has a reputation within Arkansas as being an academically difficult school, and Hendrix students are thus assumed to be intelligent... I have found this to be true. As academically gifted and dedicated as Hendrix students are, we also know how to have a good time. Students from surrounding, often much larger state schools attend great parties hosted by Hendrix. This being said, parties here are not made great by alcohol, but rather by the fantastic atmosphere and energy fostered by the student body.
Yes! Hendrix is an academically driven school that attracts tolerant individuals who have a passion for learning in more than one area of interest, and individuals who search for answers beyond the classroom.
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