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8.14.15 | Lara Johnson Rhodes College
When I first went to college, I worried about the same things most kids do. What was I going to study? Who were my friends going to be? Could I handle living away from my parents? Normal stuff. Even though I seemed to be a fairly typical student, there was one thing above all else that made me nervous.
I’m a geek.
And no, I’m not talking about the “I’ve bought a comic book and seen Harry Potter” geek. I’m the kind of geek that frequents Harry Potter Wrock concerts, has a hard time carrying a conversation that doesn’t involve some sort of pop culture and spent all of sixth grade writing a 100-page novella about the Chronicles of Narnia series starring herself.
This wasn’t going to be something that I could just “turn off” at a frat party, but an all-encompassing part of my personality. And while American culture is currently much more inclusive of “geeky” people, it doesn’t mean that I was any less nervous about what people would think of me.
Although I’m not the homecoming queen type, or even well-adjusted for that matter, I think I’ve acclimated to college pretty well, all things considered. So I offer my “wisdom” to first-year geeks who are worried that they won’t fit in at college.
1. Geeks will be there. I promise. Do you know what the average age of a geek is? 18. Do you know where they cram thousands of kids around this age? College. These are kids who looked at 12 years of standardized education in the face and said, you know what? Yeah, give me four more years of that. Someone will be geeks, and your job is to go find them.