10 Types of People You Meet at Departmental Socials
At some point during your time in university, you will be invited/harassed to attend department parties where you can meet other students and professors.
If the promise of free food and drink lured you in, you probably encountered the following people:
1. The geek
They’ll arrive early seeking nourishment and a well-deserved break from the library (despite not even having any assignments yet). Don’t be put off by their eagerness to talk about class, they’re a great asset in group presentations.
2. The plastics
This group will leave you wondering if you’re actually at university or an American high school. In every department party you are bound to stumble upon The Plastics; fashionable, scary and terribly exclusive. But don’t be scared of them, they probably know all the best parties in town.
3. The hungry student
If the social offers free food they’re there, and they’re not ashamed about being the first to tackle the snacks. After all, the only thing better than free food is free booze.
4. The one who doesn’t know their limits
Whether the alcohol is free or not, this one takes their drinking to another level.
5. The one who harasses the professor
Desperate to impress professors and befriend them, the harasser will stop at nothing to show off everything they know about the course.
… and the professor be like
6. The elusive student
This one NEVER goes to class and you’ll only see them when food and drink is involved.
7. The pre-party group
They probably had a liquid lunch at the SU beforehand.
8. The arrogant know-it-all
They arrived at university after a prolonged gap year that has enlightened their way of life. They genuinely believe they know better than anyone else and that they hold the secret to solving impossible world problems. Often they annoy people but they also know pretty good sources when you run out of books and articles during essay season. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
9. The one who’s in love with the arrogant know-it-all
Wooed by their revolutionary ideas, this one believes every word post-gap-year student has to say. We need to ban salt to end poverty? Definitely! Wine is a product of capitalistic corporations and should be banned? Too far.
10. And finally, there’s you
You just went there hoping the relaxed atmosphere would make it easier to ask for an extension on that presentation forgot to do.
No matter what stereotypical individuals you run into, just go with it and have fun.