University students forever strive to be unique and different, from each other and from the rest of society. Chock it to the spirit of youth and rebellion. No matter what, however, cliques form, groups merge, and individuals get corralled into faceless stereotypes. Such is life, and such is the fate of the Montreal university student's identity. Sure, you may deviate a little, but nearly every student in the city fits into one of Montreal's University Student Stereotypes.
Academically Intense Asians
An offshoot from any faculty, the AIA is just super into getting good grades and rocking the academic world. Usually you can find large groups eating together in cafes and dining halls, or dominating the library late at night. Not all individuals of Asian descent fit into this intellectual cabal, although a lot do. Again, you can't really hate, they just have the work ethic you wish you did.
It all starts here. Fresh faced, full of enthusiasm, and with a glimmer of hope in your eye that has yet to be crushed by reality and exams, every student begins their University career as a hatchling first year. Initially you drive the population nuts by being a drunk mess throughout the city during Frosh. Then you piss off your peers with constant questions of 'where is this building?' and actually making conversation with strangers in class. Don't worry, we all go through it, and it will only be a quick semester before you lose your innocence, get some rough edges, and enter one of the following groups.
Arts Faculty Hipsters
Tight pants, high waisted skirts, big sweaters, and an intellectually holier-than-thou attitude sums up the Arts Faculty Hipster. Hipsters aren't solely found in Liberal and Fine Arts faculties, but that is where they're largest concentration lies. Found at cafes reading Kafka, the poetry of Burroughs, or an indie graphic novel, these hip kids pride themselves on knowing shit that you don't. Hipster knowledge is centered on culture and current events, so don't challenge them on music festivals or coffee roasters, but feel free to stump them on the latest scientific advances. Oh, and if they mention something “you wouldn't have heard of,” it's probably because they just made it up.
Often an evolution of the Arts Hipster, your campus Political Radicals have taken the core hipster concept and exploded it in your face. Rather than be content in knowing things you don't, the Political Radical wants you to be aware that you're unenlightened and then force you into thinking like they do. A Political Radical's topic of choice can range from governing bodies (educational or political), gender rights, legal systems, or anything where someone is 'subjected' by another. Be wary of long rants and the use of many facts which may or may not be fictional.
Polos with a pair of sweat pants or jeans is the uniform of the Engineering Faculty bro, and you'll be hard pressed to find them wearing anything else. Loud, cocky, and regularly with a beer in hand, these fellas can be tons of fun or incredibly annoying. And yes, I say fellas, because lets face it, engineering programs are like 90% dudes, which probably explains the E-Bro's testosterone induced behaviour. Obnoxious at most times, E-Bros are still engineering students, which makes it even harder to make fun of them, because they're probably way better at math than you are.
The Hufflepuffs of every campus, Education Faculty students are notorious for being kindhearted and social. And if you were training to be a teacher, I would hope you are. Other than being super nice, a running thread through education classes is how easy they look. As a result, Education students gain the rep of not being the smartest folks on campus. Now this could be just misplaced envy and rage from every other faculty, but come on, when an education student is writing a one page report on a childrens book while you're slaving away on 15 page essay on the socioeconomic situation of Victorian era Britain, there's gonna be some bitterness.
No matter what, geek-hood is the fate of every science student. You can be the most chilled out, socially graceful, party person ever, but when exam season rolls around for a science student, its time to get locked up in the library and bust out the reading glasses. Sometimes its a Jekyll and Hyde turn around, or its just a geeky persons coming to age as they revel in equations, beakers, and lab coats. Don't hate though, they're probably gonna be successful doctors.
No group on campus can match the combined sense of superiority condensed within the Management/Business Faculty. A certain sense of entitlement follows these students as they walk to class in full business attire, with a Canada Goose always in hand during Winter months. Type A personalities are abound in Management programs, only a certain sense of hilarity is imbued into their image; how can someone act so accomplished and important when they're still in school and yet to really accomplish anything? That fact, combined with a notorious party girl/boy reputation (check out the lines at Tokyo for a real world example), earns many a Management student the title of 'biddy.'
Post-grads have taken the next leap into the academic world, and gained a certain level of smugness along the way. Even though they only be a couple of years older than a lot of undergraduate students, there's something about working towards getting a Masters degree or PHD which makes people feel intellectually superior. Given that they work as TAs, are a bit older, and already finished 4 years of school, this may be true. Either way, watch out for rolling eyes or biting comments if you do anything slightly juvenile in a post-grads presence. And don't even think of trying to get into their student society building.
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