Boston isn't known as America's college town for nothing. With over 80 colleges in the Boston area (yes, 80), if you didn't go to school in the Hub, you definitely know someone who has. You're also probably pretty familiar with some of the (not so commendable) stereotypes associated with many of these college campuses and their student body.
Whether they are true or not, well, that's not for me to judge. *Don't kill the messenger,* but here are some of the most common stereotypes of a few of Boston's universities.
Judging by the following joke, "how many Harvard students does it take to change a lightbulb? One - he holds the bulb and the world revolves around him," I'd say the perceptions of Harvard students are, well, less than stellar. The kids at Harvard are assumed to be two things: realllly smart and realllly rich, which generally leads to realllly pretentious. But hey, if you went to one of the most prestigious schools in America, you might think a little more highly of yourself too. *Shrug*
Imagine a young male, sitting hunched behind their Macbook Pro on Friday night, typing ferociously as they hammer out the workings of the next Facebook - and you've got yourself a stereotypical MIT student. I mean, the school's mantra is "school, friends, sleep: Pick two." From what I hear, the "friends" option is rarely chosen. #nerdlife
Ah, the "almost ivies." These kids are known to be smart, like really smart. But since they don't quite get that Ivy League stamp, there's said to be a bitter edge in the air. But Tufts' attendees help complete the other two components of the Brainpower Triangle (Harvard and MIT), so I'd say they're doing okay.
While BU isn't known for their scholarly achievements like the tripod above, it's general knowledge that the majority of the school comes from a good chunk of wealth. Holding the reputation of uppity rich girls, self-absorbed frat boys, and anyone rejected from BC...they've landed themselves the subject of the (admittedly clever) chant, "sucks to B-U." But guys, with over 30,000 students at this school, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say that BU is home to a wonderfully diverse culture of students...with just a couple of snobby, self-centered folks strewn in.
BC is thought to be exactly like BU...JUST KIDDING (seriously, kidding, don't hurt me). With a clear distaste of being compared to the rival school, Boston College students make their superiority complex of Boston University known...which might stem from being rejected from a certain Ivy League school, or so they say. For the most part, BC students are typecast as being preppy, rich, attractive and uh, spoiled. I have no idea if this is true, but one thing I can say for certain, if you wander the BC campus, you can 100% expect to see a ton of J.Crew and Northface.
Three words to describe Berklee students, GO: artsy, weird, hipster. With aspirations of making it big in the music industry, the most common (mis?)conception of Berklee students is that they talk about music, and only music, nonstop. But if you expect to catch up to the success status of fellow Berklee goers, such as John Mayer and Steven Tyler, I'd say making music your life is probably a good idea. It is said that Berklee student extracurriculars consist primarily of smoking respectable sized blunts and drinking 40s.
Northeastern students are known as the "work hard, play hard" type. They do, after all, have to spend 5 years in college (which you will undoubtedly learn ALL about after conversing with a Northeasterner). Never ask one of these students what grade they are in, you'll only confuse them, and yourself. Thanks to the school's co-op program, you can expect to see more students in professional attire than in sweats.
Artsy fartsy, to put it bluntly...similar to Berklee, with less emphasis on music. Think: skinny jeans, glasses, beanies, cigarette in one hand, Starbucks cup in the other - you know, hipster. Emerson is often referred to as "a four year delay to moving to LA and being unemployed." But hey, even if this is true, at least they'll look like they just stepped out of an Urban Outfitters catalog while doing so.