Major Stereotypes

Cheerful reggae echoes off the paint-splattered walls of the Fine Arts Center where Ali Ulrich stands with her sleeves rolled up with a carver in one hand and a roller in the other. She believes stereotypes about her major are often negative.”We are creators and rarely pessimistic,” she said.

Julian Rumney DeFelice (a theater major) said, “Art majors are in a way, the most focused in the Fine Arts Center. Music majors are handed sheets of music and theater students act out a script, but everything that art students do comes straight from them.

Across the front gallery, piano music soothes the halls of the historic building. All day one can find music students in their department practicing and complaining about the time their beloved major takes.

Meredith Madormo, a proud music major, sits with fellow music majors and describes the somewhat negative stereotypes of her people.

“People think we’re stuck up know-it-alls, dorky, and perfectionist,” Madormo said.

When questioned about her feelings on other majors she shares the Fine Art Center with, she only had one thing to say about the theater students, “They’re loud.”

Michelle Ross agrees that they are sometimes over the top.

Her fellow theater majors Terza are these siblings???and Summers Eatmon had their own descriptions.

“Well we’re very sexual, and dramatic,” Terza said.

A rather teary-eyed Eatmon added, “We’re emotional.”

Nate Bechman joined in the discussion adding, “People think we are lazy, but there is a lot of work that goes into what we do.”

DeFelice, a very well known face on the Castleton stage, had a lot to say about his major.

“Not all theater students are loud, some are quiet and people don’t even know that they are in theater,” he said. “They are just very focused, and that’s a good thing.”

In the business department, Craig Borgen explained how these majors tend to be natural leaders.

“When I walk out that door, people follow. It’s usually for food, but anyway,” he said jokingly.

Amanda Gates, another business major said, “We know what we want, and we’re hard to get along with.”

Adrian Hill, a Communication student, explains how his major has its negative stereotypes just like any other.

“People think it’s an easy cheesy major, but when you get into it, it’s a lot of work,” Hill said, going on to explain how video work is really an “art.”

In fact, the film studio is found back in the Fine Arts Building. Hill also explained how his views on his own major have changed for the better because of Sanjukta Ghosh and Tom Conroy.

Suzanne Fleury, a science major who minors in literature, described English and literature majors as a quiet bunch who generally enjoy “their nose in a book, or a story in the works.”

Fleury also had some to say about what goes on in her much loved Jeffords Science Center. A proud geology major, Fleury explained how many think of science majors as “nerds or geeks,” and how environmental students are “tree huggers.”

Katie Hurley, a fourth year elementary education major, describes herself along with the rest of her female dominated department as being the “motherly, unintentional book worms, and bitter” ones on campus.

“We’re the lame ones who don’t party,” Hurley added.

Colleen Rupp, also an education major, discussed some of the negative stereotypes of education majors. She explained how others think it is a less stressful major because they don’t have tests. They couldn’t be more wrong according to Rupp. Education majors have presentations instead of tests which she thinks are more important because they have a “direct impact on human lives.”

In the quiet nursing department, where it’s easier to find a lonely, stunned faced dummy than a student, Erin Butler talked about how the department is female dominated. She also mentioned how her class is the youngest in years. The nursing department always has the oldest average age of any department on campus.

Sharing the same floor, math majors may be as meticulous as the nursing students.

“We tend to over analyze things,” said math major Andrew Hicks.

Hicks shared an example of how he worked out an equation for playing beer pong, and it really worked well.

In Glenbrook Gymnasium, it’s important to understand the difference between athletic trainers and trainers.

“Trainers can mean anything,” athletic training major, Hilary Delp said.

From how they describe themselves, athletic trainers have to know almost as much as nursing majors, and even share some classes with them.

Sports Administration students tend to be rather “jocky,” as described by several students in the gym.

Megan Phillips describes physical education majors as “the dumb kids who miss recess.”

Sarah Gutto defended her major stressing the knowledge they must have of the human body.

“We need to be able to tell people why they need to do certain exercises,” Gutto said.

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