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Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For every one person that takes the time to hit the showers before class there are three others that roll out of bed for their 8 a.m. in sweats. And while there are a few popular clothing items or brands favored around campus, I would venture to say that the styles worn here are common for campuses across the nation. The overarching look tends to be congruent with the Mid-western location, so you will no doubt find more people sporting a conservative and preppy look consisting of Pumas and Polos than Chuck Taylors and piercings. Don't let this scare you off, though, because there is by no means a uniform for Miami and the bottom line is that most people settle for sweats after syllabus week has come and gone.

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Even after coming to Miami, I sometimes struggle to look past the stereotypes. It's true, most people own at least one Northface clothing item, one pair of Ugg boots, and designer jeans. That can be daunting--especially coming from a town where some people definitely did have the expensive clothes, but others shopped at thrift stores. More importantly, my high school was very diverse, and I grew up around all different personalities; Miami is not exactly the picture of diversity. But something I have learned in my time here is that you really do have to look past the image. Because Miami, at first glance, seems to be all about image. But there really is no much more beneath the surface.

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To a certain extent the stereotypes are true about Miami University. You do happen to see more boat shoes than say...a place with actual water nearby, there are one too many boys showing off their "guns" at the rec and I feel as though the Greek alphabet decorates more clothing than Abercrombie and Fitch at a middle school dance. Butttt..having said all that, at a school with 16,000 students you are bound to meet individuals and people unlike the norm. People are traditionally wealthy but that doesn't mean there aren't still poor college students struggling to scrounge up alcohol money for the weekend.

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The stereotype of students at Miami is, to be insanely blunt (and not in an attempt to be offensive in any way), a lot of students from China. And it's actually remarkably accurate as the percentage of international students from China is close to 30%. One of the best things about Miami University is the amount of international students. It's a positive in many ways, and not just for university exposure, but also for students. We're introduced to students from all over the world which changes ones perspective about, well, anything and everything.

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Not entirely, but pretty close. The general income at Miami is definitely upper upper middle class, and it's really common to see the UGG boots and Northface, but the personality of the student body is generally very nice, you just have to be willing to try to forget about the stereotype and get to know the people for who they are, not what they're wearing. As for the wanna be Ivy League, that's probably just because the campus is SO pretty and it looks like an Ivy League.

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The stereotypes are somewhat accurate but not as negative as they may seem. Yes, many Miami students and their families are wealthy, however, it does not mean that the students are rude. I have met lots of great people at Miami, and although it sometimes has an uppity feel, it's not something that I haven't felt when I've visited other schools. It's just the nature of college.

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Yes. Very much so. Although there are "normal" students here, they don't tend to stand out amongst the Ugg boots, popped collars, and North Face Jackets. And yes, people really are that shallow that their circle of friends is defined by what they wear. However, most of my friends are not like this, so yes, there are normal people at Miami.

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For a certain segment of the population, some of these things do ring true. You're likely to find a North Face, ipod, and/or ugg boots in the majority of closets on campus, but this is a superficial picture and doesn't necessarily characterize the intelligence or personality of Miami or its students.

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For the most part. You can always find people who are different, and no matter what you are like there's a place and group to fit into. Having said that, the vast majority of the student body fits the stereotype of the typical "Maimi Student": preppy, rich-bitch, white christian conservatives

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For the most part -- the "snooty" label is overrated, though. People just don't tend to go out of their way to talk to you, but if you bother to talk to them, conversation happens. Sometimes you have to be willing to be the ice-breaker, rather than waiting for people to break your ice.

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