Everyone says that Ole Miss is a "party school" and that everyone drinks. That is so not true. While there are parties and people do drink, it is entirely possible to successfully go through school without getting involved in any of that. The parties will still happen whether you attend or not, so don't feel pressured to go and drink or anything.
One of the most prominent stereotypes at Ole Miss is that we are all a bunch of preppy kids, with way too much money. However, after my years here I have come to realize that more than half the students here are on some type of student financial aid. I have run across some of the most wealthy people, supposedly "confirming" this stereotype; as well as some of the less fortunate, completely discounting these statements. Here at Ole Miss, there is a wide range of personalities and incomes. We aren't all a bunch of stuck up rich kids.
There is a widely held belief that only the rich and the snobby attend the University of Mississippi. And from what I have seen, there is a large amount of students who certainly do well with Daddy's money. But I'm not one of those kids, and I know plenty of others like me who do just fine. I am an editor at the School Newspaper and have played a big part in helping change some university rules, stayed connected with many factions of the student government and administration. And all on my own dime, money that I have earned as part of my hard work.
Ole Miss is filled with many different races, religions and overwhelming stereotypes. Recently there has been a growing faction of 'hipsters' here at Ole Miss. If you don't know what a hipster is, it is a term for people who are not 'mainstream' they listen to music that nobody has heard of, root for sports teams that don't win so they can say they are not on the bandwagon, etc. Kind of goofy if you ask me.
But the point is that Ole Miss, like every other university has our stereotype: Rich Greek kids getting by on Daddy's dime. But in reality we are much more than that.
Ole Miss is currently ranked as the number 3 party school in the country, this is mostly due to our very popular and prominent Greek life (which we are also ranked highly in). Because of this stereotype, a lot of students who don't party or aren't interested in going Greek don't want to come to Ole Miss. But let me go ahead and debunk that rumor -- there are parties at any campus, and they are easily avoidable. I am neither a partier or a Greek, and I absolutely love Ole Miss. This university and town has so much more to offer; you absolutely do not have to party or be Greek to find your niche or fit in. Also, less than 30% of the student population is Greek (at the time of this post), so it's not as prominent as it's made out to be.
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