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From activists to happy Christians

What kind of student are you?

You’re new in Groningen and you’d like to join a student society. But it has to be one that fits your personality, of course. 

Door Emily Zaal

11 August om 12:03 uur.
Laatst gewijzigd op 22 November 2020
om 16:16 uur.

By Emily Zaal

August 11 at 12:03 PM.
Last modified on November 22, 2020
at 16:16 PM.

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1. The typical student 

Typical students enjoy a little hair of the dog on hungover mornings. You’ll find them on the couch with their roommates after a night of partying with the rest of their student association. Every once in a while, they’ll make their way to the UB for a ‘study’ session, which is really just an excuse to be seen. You can recognise the girls by their high and messy ponytails, and the ‘gasten’ by the low, hoarse voices they got from smoking and drinking. These students are always up for a party or other shenanigans. 

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘ad fundum’, ‘Ocean 41’, ‘regelen’.

Where you can find this student: where can’t you find them?

2. The influencer 

Going out to dinner with your friends? You must take a picture! These students are all about making their followers happy. Every Instagram story and post is filtered and tweaked to perfection. All their vlogs go on YouTube. They don’t care if they get recognised on the street; it’s all part of the influencer lifestyle. It’s not just female students who do this; there are male influencers, too. You can spot them driving their mopeds in tight shorts.

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘VSCO’, ‘tumblr’, ‘vegan’.

Where you can find this student: Vindicat and Albertus.

3. The fanatic athlete

These students get up at the crack of dawn to eat some yoghurt and then jog to the gym. They live for exercising. They don’t eat just yoghurt, though: they’ll enjoy the occasional beer and like to snack on protein bars. They can’t have too much beer, since they’re watching their calorie intake. 

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘training’, ‘ACLO’, ‘sports drink’. 

Where you can find this student: sport clubs that are linked with Vindicat and Albertus, like Aegir and Knickerbockers.

4. The happy Christian

Is there a better combination than the Bible and… beer? People tend to think that Christian students aren’t as involved in student life as others are, but that’s not true. They are versatile: they can be serious when they need to be and let loose when they want to. They certainly prove that you can enjoy life as a student and love God at the same time. ‘Still waters run deep.’

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘interdenominational’, ‘praise & worship’, ‘bible study’. 

Where you can find this student: Navigators, Ichthus and GSV.

5. The go-getter  

Do you only socialise with your fellow students outside class? You might just be a go-getter. These students are focused on expanding their network as much as possible in the hopes to get a career out of it. 

LinkedIn is the most-used app on their phone; they only use WhatsApp to share ideas with all the committees they’re on. They don’t care that no one asked them for their ideas. Everything they do is to pad their CV.  

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘blackboard’, ‘BSA’. 

Where you can find this student: Cleopatra, Bernlef

6. The proper student 

Not every student is here to party. Proper students have just as good a time watching movies on the couch and playing boardgames with their friends. They love going to bed on time and going to the UB bright and early. They might have a beer with dinner every once in a while, but they prefer soda. Proper students never miss a class and always have high grades. 

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘library’, ‘chillaxing’, ‘meat, veg, and potatoes’.

Where you can find this student: the proper student isn’t really the type to join a student society, but it they did, it would probably be Navigators or GSV.

7. The activist 

These students are all about caring, whether it’s about LGBT rights, racism, climate change, political debate, or animal rights. They have an opinion on everything. Before you know it, you find yourself in a discussion about everything that’s wrong with the world. Never ask an activist their opinion unless you’re prepared for a monologue. They’re still good fun, though. 

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘5G’, ‘youth organisation’, ‘student party’, ‘university council’.

Where you can find this student: Ganymedes or Deen.

8. The anti-hazing student 

These students love to have fun and meet new people, but they refuse to be hazed. They’re sceptical of students who are part of an association, but tend to come around in the end, to their own surprise. Even so, it’s not for them They’d rather get through an introduction period without being embarrassed. They might not be typical students, but they still enjoy the student experience.  

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘Negende Cirkel’, ‘getting a drink’, ‘ice it’. 

Where you can find this student: Dizkartes or Unitas.

9. The artistic student 

They paint, sing, act, write, draw, and even dance: artistic students are creative and are always coming up with new ideas. They can be a bit out there, but they’re always on trend when it comes to fashion. Creating art sometimes moves them to tears, but they need those emotions to create masterpieces. 

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘USVA’, ‘hipster’, ‘Warhol’. 

Where you can find this student: Cleopatra and Ganymedes.

10. The ‘wanderlust’ student

They just can’t stop talking about travelling the world. Wanderlust students just love backpacking around the globe and so, unsurprisingly, they’re always finding new reasons to leave the Netherlands. With a backpack in one hand and a phone to take photos with in the other, they’re ready to take on the world. Their motto is: ‘Not all who wander are lost.’ 

Words to use if you want to be part of this group: ‘adventurous’, ‘Europe’, ‘limitless’. 

Where you can find this student: AEGEE.

Top three

We asked the student societies which of the student types are the most common among their members. These are their top three types: 

AEGEE:

The ‘wanderlust’ student
The anti-hazing student
The activist

Ichthus:

The happy Christian
The anti-hazing student
The proper student

Bernlef:

The typical student
The anti-hazing student
The proper student

Unitas:

The typical student
The anti-hazing student
The go-getter

Ganymedes:

The anti-hazing student
The proper student
The activist

Deen:

The typical student
The influencer
The fanatic athlete

The societies that aren’t listed above didn’t submit a list of most common student types. They either didn’t react at all, or they didn’t want to give the impression that other kinds of students aren’t welcome. 

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