Originally created 09/30/03

School 'nerds' break stereotype



Four years of high school have taught me many things. I now know there's not a swimming pool on the roof of school (or an elevator for that matter); the hard new lifestyle of high school is neither hard or new like I had been warned; you do not have to take showers in gym class that require you to be in the nude (actually you only shower if you want to); and there are no nerds. Correct - no nerds.

Nowadays, inhabiting the advanced classes at school you'll find the slacker, the popular student, the jock, the art student, the loud student and the aggressive student.

It's as if somewhere along the line there came a time for the nerd to evolve, break the stereotype and pave the way for future generations by becoming adept in all aspects of high school living.

These new individuals are now the brightest, strongest, most well-rounded and unique students ever.

Even the word "nerd" has changed. Now it is used to describe someone who has extreme dedication. For instance, students who spend most of their time involved in clubs, constantly working for a cause in school, enjoying every minute of the school day, displaying every ounce of school spirit possible are referred to as "school-nerd." There's also "art-nerd," a student infatuated with the arts, and "band-nerd," a student dedicated to the goings on in band, etc.

But there are no real nerds: Students who wear the suspended pants that reveal both sock and flesh; own and display a pocket protector; have a facial flaw (like acne, glasses that are sometimes taped in the middle, or large ears); sport greasy and molded hair. The student who is inactive, uninvolved, athletically adverse, voiceless, foolish, bullied, ridiculed, ineffectual, and, most of all, socially inept is a myth. This nerd is not in today's high school. The species is now extinct. The stereotype is dead.

Kyle Fitzpatrick is a senior at Westside High School.