So, this is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot recently, simply because I get told frequently that I’m not.

Society today seems to put stereotypes on everybody. Yet it’s very rare to find somebody who actually adheres to all of the stereotypes that exist. For example, there seems to be a suggestion that people from the North are generally less intelligent than their Southern counterparts. That I know is not true. Possibly the most intelligent person I know is from the North, and whilst I wouldn’t say I was a genius, I think myself to be reasonably clever.

Another stereotype that particularly irks me is the typical student one. It’s is assumed that we are all incredibly lazy, and that we do nothing but drink and generally be a drain on taxpayers’ money. I can again vouch for the fact that it is not true; whilst obviously I enjoy a night out with my friends, and spend the occasional day in my pajamas watching Jeremy Kyle,  I also put in a lot of work to ensure that I get the best possible mark in my work.

And who would want to adhere to the stereotypes people have of others anyway? Being yourself is a lot more fun. For example, society dictates that girls should be very feminine, wear dresses and skirts all the time, and expect men to do all the running when it comes to a relationship. But watching sports (and getting really into them too), dressing in jeans and a t-shirt some of the time, and not being afraid to take control of your love life are infinitely more enjoyable and fulfilling (to me anyway!). Not that there’s anything wrong with being the feminine, dress-and-skirt type, it’s just a lot of girls nowadays seem to worry about being accepted by society, rather than just being themselves.

So, if you don’t fit the mold of a ‘normal’ person, don’t worry! Just embrace being yourself, and have fun with it.