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Dumb Jocks, Band Nerds, Art Freaks, and Drama Geeks

  Dumb Jocks, Band Nerds, Art Freaks, and Drama Geeks (Doll Article)

(September 13, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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We’ve all heard them and we might even use them without meaning to – stereotypes. And the worst stereotypes in schools today deal with extracurricular and electives. Of course we know stereotypes are wrong, but sometimes they do seem to have a basis in reality. Other times they are just ridiculous and a little funny. They can be hurtful, but if at all possible, blow off anyone who assumes something about you just because of your hobbies.

The most common stereotypes, at least the ones I’ve seen, are funny. There is always at least one person in a group who fits the mold, so to say, but a lot of other people almost try to make the stereotype true – usually as a joke. Maybe it’s time we admit that some stereotypes should be all in good fun.

The Dumb Jocks

If jocks are really as dumb as everyone like to pretend, how can they be making so much money? You have to be savvy and smart to navigate the legal waters of professional sports, and learning rules and plays and the amount of training involved in most sports is no easy task.

Sure, not every jock is headed for the Ivy League, but that doesn’t make them dumb. After all, very few people in honors classes make it to the Ivy League. Besides with the new rules in UIL, you have to pass your classes to graduate and players at the college level are actually working toward the same degrees as regular “smart” college kids. Dumb indeed.

The Band Nerds

Why do band members have to be nerds? If they pull on a uniform and pick up a tuba, they are suddenly so uncool they must not have any friends? Has anyone seen Drumline besides me? You have to have talent to play in the band. The same can be said for choir. They don’t let you in if you can’t sing or play well.

I don’t think anyone would say that rock bands are a bunch of nerds, and you’d be surprised at how many band nerds can play multiple instruments – including the guitar. Maybe the stereotype comes from the number of band and choir kids that are in high classes and make good grades. But if making good grades is nerdy, I think I’ll proudly call myself one. At least I’ll someday be at college surrounded by all the other nerds of the world.

The Art Freaks and Drama Geeks

There are tons of other clubs and activities, but two of my favorites are artistic in nature. The art kids and drama kids always seem to be rather similar in my stereotype books. They both are moody, giddy or like to be different – usually very different. There are relatively few emo and goth jocks, but there are plenty hanging out in the art room or backstage.

If the artsy folk are a bit temperamental and expressive in their clothing and hair style, why does it make them freaky or geeky? They are practicing their craft. Nobody complains that the drama geek is too dramatic and flashy when he’s on stage. Why should we care if he wears his make-up in the classroom? Some of the world’s finest artists have been a bit unstable.

(Van Gogh cut off his own ear!), but wearing all black and moping around waiting for inspiration does not qualify an art student for Valium.

Relax people! It doesn’t matter what you do for fun – there are plenty of other people who enjoy the same thing, just look at how many people hang out here on the Doll Palace. And the best friends of all are those who can teach you all about their hobbies in exchange for knowledge about your own.


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LyingNaked

21/Female
Australia
Posted On: September 24, 2007
Apart from a few minor details, I completely agree with this. Or maybe it's simply because everyone else seems to disagree. All the same.

It's pretty true, for my school anyhow. Most of the sporty types of guys aren't all that smart as English and Maths, but it takes skill for sports.

But the Drama/Art thing got me a bit. I'm considered goth or emo, depending who you ask, but there's plenty of kids like me, and not like me, who are arty.

Maybe I just read it wrong. My apologies if that's the case.

x= peggie =x
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babytink199

106/Female
Japan
Posted On: September 23, 2007
OK...

I am a drama FREAK not a geek. They aren't geeks either!

So, get it right, get it straight!
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belladoggy

21/Female
Palatine, IL
Posted On: September 22, 2007
Has anyone else noticed how many quote-and-quate "bandgeeks" have responded to this? Woo! We will take over the world lol
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Jesse_Hottie_1

24/Female
Glasgow, KY
Posted On: September 22, 2007
Im am very proud of my self and i dont care if they think im a band nerd at least im making somthing out of my self I love playing my clarinet so they can just bug off at least im gonna get some wear in life and I dont have to go haome and ask mommy and daddy to do it for me! because my Band directors have taught me well
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xXxStarryChanx

20/Female
Posted On: September 22, 2007
I am a proud band nerd-art freak! :3 And I don't give a d@mn what anyone else thinks about me. I'm just going to play my saxaphone and continue to draw.

Maybe one day I'll get a full scholarship just for playing my sax or for doing some other thing I'm passionate about. Then I can laugh it off and shove it in the faces of those annoying popular brats. It can be /their/ turn to be the losers.



~Starry-Chan
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sillywittlethi

20/Female
Columbia, SC
Posted On: September 21, 2007
wow I am Emo

but this is pretty cool
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QueenOxoCube

107/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: September 21, 2007
Wow... I don't believe in all this labelling rubbish. I mean come on? I have a passion for arty and drama, but I'm not an 'art freak' or an 'emo' or anything. Why were labels created anyway? We don't have 'jocks' in our school, I didn't know what they were till I read the article. You see, I'm English and we tend to stick to emo, goth, punk and a coupld of others. But as I said, I really don't see the point in labels
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catfanatic80

19/Female
Mission Viejo, CA
Posted On: September 20, 2007
just think how many actors and actresses were "drama geeks" as you say. At my school we don't have choir and drama is tryouts and band is fro people who love music. I luv Video Production(my elective) its a lot of fun. If you can, artists try that, it will be a new challenge to express yourself in. And "dram geeks" you can act all you want! :band nerds" could even play backup music.
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gothicflower

24/Female
Latvia
Posted On: September 20, 2007
Good article

I'm Art freak all the way. I guess I almost am one of a kind in my school...but that okay 'cause I have my art freak friends out of school. Sadly, we don't have drama club in our school, or band and since all the talanted kids finished highschool our choir is terrible, as well as dancing (we have modern and traditional dances)
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chickiepoo71

21/Female
CA
Posted On: September 19, 2007
two of the most popular girls in school play percussion in the band at my school. Hvae o us are in choir, a bunch of us are in choir, a lot of popualr kids are in art,and my school is made out of jocks. For girls, soccer and v-ball are the most popuar and for boys, football and basketball are the most popular.
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french_horn_lu

20/Female
Sappington, MO
Posted On: September 19, 2007
well what i mean is band peeps rock we arent nerds. there are actually some pretty popular people in band
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french_horn_lu

20/Female
Sappington, MO
Posted On: September 19, 2007
i agree with the_trio2 BAND NERDS ROCK!! i play the french horn and piano!
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the_trio2

51/Female
Claremore, OK
Posted On: September 19, 2007
im a band nerd and im proud of it, play the flute, learning clarinet, and can play piano fairly well.

WOOP WOOP! Go Band Nerds! you may not know it but we are actually the coolest people at school
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depressionkill

36/Female
Albania
Posted On: September 18, 2007
there are not emo or goth jocks at my school

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catlover02

20/Female
Valley Springs, CA
Posted On: September 18, 2007
i know that yr not meaning any harm, but drama kids are NOT geeks. Im in drama, and we are so not geeks. Drama is fun, and it helps u feel better. I now feel more secure at school.
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