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What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

As the senior Class of 2011 President said at commencement, "We’re nerds who like to party, and all we do is win." Rochester students know how to have fun at constant performances, cultural events, and parties. We're academically driven, so its common to overhear political debates, scientific assessments, and musical compositions while walking around campus. Some of my favorite college memories are from all night impromptu conversations sitting in the hallway of my freshman dorm, talking with friends about research and classes, right when I least expected it (once it was even before an exam... whoops).

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As so eliquontly stated at last year's commencement, Rochester is characterized by many "Party-Nerds." Rochester is full of people who are deeply devoted to their academics and schoolwork. From engineering, to pre-meds and pre-business, Rochester students always keep academics at the highest priority. However, come the weekend or when mid-terms are over, students also know how to let loose and have a good time. This allows for a dynamic campus that is never dull, but also allows the necessary time to get quality work done. I believe this stereotype to be very accurate.

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Alot of people think that UR is filled with socially awkward kids. I think that while this might be true, it paints a picture of UR that isn't quite accurate. Most students don't spend all of their time playing video games and studying alone in the library. We might not be the most suave and almost all of us have a nerdy side, but this is really something to be expected at a university of this caliber.

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It's totally true. Students here are smart-and know how to work and do a lot of it. The libraries can be more packed then the frats sometimes. That's not to say that we don't know how to have fun-just we know when to buckle down when we need to. It's a great working and learning environment, actually.

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A general strereotype of students in our school is that everyone is different, somehow. A typical University of Rochester student, is actually the one that is different from everyone else, however, every one in here is passionate about learning and being part of their organizations.

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We're not nearly as nerdy as other local schools like RIT, but our high standards of achievement earn us this rep. You shouldn't come to U of R if you don't like us brainiacs, but don't think there's nothing else.

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The students are nerds and are only interested in studying the sciences, but this is not true!

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The typical stereotype of a student at the University of Rochester: nose in a book at the library, studying, a lot. While this is true as classes can be challenging, the students here know how to relax and have fun as well. With over 200 student organizations, there really is something for everyone. Plus, the city of Rochester is beautiful and has many attractions to keep us occupied. We have stress relief events throughout the semester and especially during finals week. We have been called geeks and nerds, but that honestly does not bother us at all. Most of the students here are here to learn and that makes all the difference when it comes to classes. So, yes, when you see a Rochester student they will almost always have a book in their hand, but also a smile on their face.

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The stereotype is that the students at U of R are socially awkward. In fact, we were ranked one of the most socially awkward Universities in the nation. I would say that the stereotype is fairly accurate. The vast majority of students are socially awkward and do not do much partying. There is a vocal minority, however, which creates what little social scene we do have at the University. Greek life is pretty much the only thing keeping that social aspect of student life afloat.

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