One of the first things you might have heard about Imperial is how geeky it is. It is a stereotype. But it is a true stereotype.
Since I am on my second year, I though I know my friends quite well. But recently, I learned some random things about them. For example, they all played excessive amounts of Pokemon. One of them still does, and has all the episodes of Pokemon TV series. Another friend of mine watched 150 episodes of some anime series in 4 days. I don’t even mention how much computer games all of them play, and how much they talk about that. I’m also pretty sure that most of the guys at Imperial would say that they are not very good with the opposite sex, and it usually has nothing to do with imperial girl to boy ratio. A perfect example of geeks, right? Try calling them geeks then - the answers will always be the same, and you probably have a good idea what I’m talking about.
Now, I am a proud member of IC Wine and Fine Drinks society. I remember that during the first meeting, at the beginning of the tasting somebody complained on how many geeks are at Imperial and how bad that is, of course claiming not to be geeky at all. After a couple glasses wine, the true colours came out. Firstly, people started talking about science, which is perhaps not that surprising. The debate, however, took at least 20 minutes, and some people even took some paper out of nowhere and started to draw explenations of their theories. On the next meeting, which happened quite recently, a very similar thing happened. Talking to people around me, I mentioned that I am currently reading Solaris. Unknowingly to me, my speaker appeared to be a part of the Sci-fi Society committee, and did not hesitate to give me all kind of recommended books and films. What’s even more interesting, 5 other people turned out to be the members of the said society. After all, Imperials sci-fi library is allegedly, the biggest (!) library in Europe dedicated solely to science fiction. Then, I heard them singing the song that appears on end credits Portal - a very geeky computer game. I actually had a song on my mp3 player, so everyone enjoyed the situation even more. Scary stuff, isn’t it?
What I don’t understand, is what’s so wrong with being a geek? I consider myself very geeky, according to the official Geek Test which I took today, I am a ‘Super Geek’, and I fairly certain that many people at Imperial would score much higher than me. I even see plenty of similarities between me and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. After all, what’s wrong with being interested in science? What’s wrong with video games? What’s wrong with coming books? What’s wrong with Star Wars? I could give infinite examples, but they are all similar. Contrary to popular belief, you CAN be a geek and be very sociable, go to normal parties and even drink alcohol. You don’t have to be overweight and stay in your room for 24 hours. Here, just look at the list of sexiest geeks of 2008, you won’t be dissapointed.
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What I want to say, is that the geeks are everywhere, especially at Imperial. Your friends, your lecturers, even yourself. They might not look geeky, they may appear to be as normal as possible and you might think you know them very well. Well, you’re probably wrong. But have no worries. Being a geek is a lot of fun.