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The Different Types of English Students at Laurier

While we may not be on campus at the moment, we have been around long enough to distinguish the different kinds of students you’ll meet in the English program. Some of them may be kind of obvious, but you might see some that will surprise you.

1. Theatre Kids

Kicking off the list is the theatre kids. These are the kinds of students that were bred to be English students. They were in all the high school plays, they read Shakespeare for fun and they volunteer to read out loud with joy. We can appreciate their passion and dedication because the rest of us likely dread volunteering or at least we do.

2. The Overactive Students/The Teacher’s Pet

They sit at the front; they have an answer and question for everything and they’re best friends with the teacher. We don’t know where all the energy comes from, but we can respect the grind. Personally, we like to sit at the back and witness these students engaging with the content, but we just don’t have the same passion at 8:30 in the morning.

3. The Ones That Don’t Read the Books

They sit in the back and don’t have much to say during group discussions. It is fairly obvious when someone hasn’t even picked up the book, let alone ordered it. Listen, we have all been there, but these kids are dedicated to never bothering to know what is going on. If they can slide under the radar, they will. SparkNotes is probably their best friend at this point.

4. The Procrastinator

This English student will read the book and finish the essay, but it usually happens the night before. They like to believe that they will get everything done on time but somehow it just never works out that way. They work best under pressure and eventually get it done but it will never be in an organized way.

5. The Class Clown

There’s always one person who makes a joke when the books get a little scandalous. The profs play along with it, maybe because at least it shows that they have read the book.

6. The Really Pretty English Girls

There are just some girls that quietly sit in the back and mind their own business, but they also look like they could be models. We don’t know if they read the book or not, but we don’t even care because they’re just so pretty.

Overall, Mary and Rachael love every English student in their own unique way and recognize that they all have something different to bring to the classroom. After all, if some of these students don’t speak up and offer to read then Mary and Rachael might have to. If you’re an English student, please don’t come for their throats.

Rachael Stevens

Wilfrid Laurier '21

Rachael is a fourth-year English major at Laurier, with a double minor in German and psychology.
Mary Shanahan

Wilfrid Laurier '21

Mary is a fourth-year English student at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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