BSA Stereotypes

We’ve all heard them before. “The theater majors are loud and obnoxious.” “The visual artists are shy and weird.” Stereotypes about the different departments run rampant throughout the school, and we’d all like to know what exactly they are.
We’ll begin with the dance department. Most of the sources, including the dancers, seemed to think of the stereotypical dance major as stuck-up and rude. In the words of one, a freshman dancer, “The dance department kind of lives in its own little world, and we kind of think we’re better than everyone else.” They are also often seen as “basic and mean,” and there is a rumor that they don’t eat. None of these are necessarily based on fact, but it’s what people see when they think of an “average dancer.”
Next (we’ll just go in alphabetical order) comes the music department. There are surprisingly few stereotypes about them: the most common one was that vocalists “want all the attention” and are loud all the time. Also, they are seen as bad procrastinators and “professionals or… really really good” at their instrument.
Stage production is very interesting, stereotype-wise. One senior stage tech says she’s heard, “We wear black all the time, we have no actual talent… some people have no idea what we do.” Another source says, “My stereotypical stage production person that comes up in my head is the kind of person who watches Gravity Falls and has a tumblr. That’s only like a few stage production kids, and it’s pretty inaccurate. That’s just what I think when I think of the stage department.” A sophomore visual artist calls them “irrelevant.”
Theater is automatically seen as full of drama queens (and kings). Somehow, people also think that the actors don’t talk to anyone. They’re also portrayed as “confident”.
Lastly, we have the visual artists. Other departments (and even their own members) think of them as shy. A freshman musician says that they “don’t talk” and another thinks that “they draw in EVERY class.” They’re also viewed as “quiet and weird” and “really antisocial and into anime and stuff like that.”
Why is this important? Well, for one thing, it’s entertaining to see what people think about each other. But on a more serious note, maybe this can help us see why it’s important not just to know about your own department, because most of these stereotypes are totally unfounded.