Being a student has the stereotype of being lazy, wanting to party all of the time, and having no responsibilities. That’s the stereotype that I believe to be out there, anyway. This negative illusion only looks at some of the possibilities that student life may bring with it. It actually leaves out the very real truths that students face, such as deadlines and multiple course engagements throughout their time studying. Therefore, I think that by thinking of students as just being one thing can lead to a lot of other aspects being misjudged or missed out completely.
Like with lots of different roles people can take on in their lives, stereotypes and preconceived ideas of what the people in these roles are like can take over the thoughts and opinions. Some students may show signs of being a ‘typical student’, but even if they are that doesn’t mean to say they are like that the whole time. Going to university and college are big steps to take in life, and with that brings on the new role of being a student of one of them, but that doesn’t mean that every person becomes the same – we are unique after all.
In my opinion, all students should just be who they want to be. Students are there to learn, and that should be the main focus after all otherwise it’s a wasted opportunity, but what being a student is should be unique to them. At the end of the day, we ourselves are the only ones who truly know what we want to achieve in life, and what we want to get out of the opportunities we find ourselves having. I think that students are no different, and should be treated with the respect a place at an academic institution should bring with it.
Do you agree with my comments about being a student? Let me know in the comments below.