Move out of the spotlight, Millennials — today’s college campuses are now now occupied by Gen Z. That means that the average college kid is marked by their independence, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology savvy. Gen Z students are ready to take their skills into the notorious world of college.
Today’s hardworking college kids have put some modern twists on the classic stereotypes. The student athlete on your campus might look completely different from the jock-type that your parents knew! Check out the list below to see how you might identify on a college campus in 2018.
You know how “trying hard” wasn’t supposed to be cool in high school? (According to every stereotypical teen movie at least). Well, college is a different story. Nerd is in.
Sacrificing sleep for your GPA became something to brag about, and these are the ones you’ll see camped out in the library until the early hours of the morning.
No matter how impressive their course load is, there’s one lesson no one can afford to skip: learning self-care. A diet of caffeine and stress won’t serve anyone well in the long run. If you have a friend who is a true Studious One, remember to remind them that they can’t do work if they’re a walking zombie! Be healthy first.
Get ready to sit behind a kid who considers carbo-loading an extracurricular. College athletes manage to balance hours in the gym, academics, hours in the gym, representing their school in games, and some more hours in the gym.
The most impressive feat of these jocks might be how they manage to get their money’s worth out of the meal plan, or how they always get to leave class early for a game.
Always full steam-ahead The Athlete takes college life head-on, tackling challenges, setting new records, and always pushing themselves to improve. The team matters most, so be sure they're getting everything they need to crush the opposition.
Ah yes, the Young Professional. You only started class today, but they’ve already got 3 internship interviews lined up.
You’ll spot these students wearing a suit to their Corporate Finance 101 elective or tweaking their resumes. They’re connected, and they’re career ready. They might be a sales rep for a startup that creates for-women-by-women sneakers, or they just might be CEO.
Don’t be scared by their networking game or their $50 haircuts! Do be sure to connect with them on LinkedIn. Everyone knows someone who wants to create their own business; these college students just know it’s going to be them.
It's 2:00 AM. Many people are already in for the night, but the party-fiend is showing no signs of stopping. These are the kids whose snap stories are 180 seconds of bass and strobe lights.
They bounce from a house party into frat, from frat out to a club, drawing on an insane reservoir of party enthusiasm.
They improve the mood wherever they go, creating new memories, and record-breaking amounts of fun. Jungle juice is their drink of choice, and you can always count on them to “come thru” (whatever that means). Everyone is absolutely mystified: how are they never hungover?
Almost never on campus, The Adventurer is at college to explore.
While you’re on your phone finding which building your next class is in, this kid is out in the city or the countryside, finding new restaurants to eat at, or new trails to hike. They’re what happens when artsy meets outdoorsy.
In any case, they're taking full advantage of their surroundings. College is so much more than a collection of buildings and classes — it's all about the new experiences they're having.
Although the journey is what matters, they always have the next destination in mind. The new tapas place? The bike path by that hidden lake? They're already planning the trip.
While a lot of us only use #hashtags #ironically, some of your classmates are on their way to making six figures with their social media content.
“Do it for the insta” has been redefined in the era of influencers. You’ll find this student doing photoshoots around campus, promoting funky juice brands, and trying their best to embody #goals.
They tagged you in one of their posts, and suddenly you have another thousand followers. They’re constantly pursuing development of a personal brand, as well as a place to charge their iPhone.
So which type are you, and what type of student do you know? An athlete-meets-influencer with their own lifestyle blog? Or a work-hard-play-hard entrepreneur/partier? Tell us in the comments below!
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