Nerds: It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Costume Choice


Sharon Baek

For most people, when the idea of a “nerd” comes to mind, their automatic response is to think of a stereotypical nerd: suspenders, high ankle socks, thick, black glasses that barely hold up with shrouds of tape, and perhaps some buck teeth. Like many others, I’ve seen countless variations of a typical “nerd” in plays, movies, and of course, Halloween.

However, how many people actually dress like that on a daily basis? In reality, nerds shouldn’t have any negative connotation. They really are just every day, normal people who happen to be driven, ambitious, and in pursuit of a goal. Most don’t have tape swathed between their lenses nor are suspenders their everyday staple.

Being a “nerd” is more than a cute costume to put on for a day or two. It is more than someone who just loves to study every moment of their life.

Rather, it’s a lifestyle we should all adopt one way or another. As college students, it is our responsibility to put in the effort to reap the benefits of this costly education. Considering all the time and money that goes into our education, we might as well make the most of our limited time here and start putting our heads to our books.

Our school reputation may be deemed as the “party school,” but at least many of our students know how to play hard and study hard. Although I do have to admit this is a hard skill that must be acquired through a generous amount of practice and self-control.

UCSB student Lindzie Yoo said, “Nerds don’t feel the need to impress people because they’re independent. They’re already comfortable in their skin so there’s only room for improvement. No room to go nerdier.”

Believe me when I say adopting a nerd-like lifestyle will pay off. If you choose to just relax, slack off, and possess a “dgaf” attitude during the years you’re here, you will most likely only enjoy it during that duration of time.

However, for those who decide to work hard right now, you’ll find yourself open to numerous opportunities once you are handed your diploma. Just think of it as a good investment to start working toward now so you won’t have to work as hard for the next 30, 40, or 50 years.

Trendy, cool nerds are now the new thing. Working hard, studying when you need to, and working towards a goal should always be the “cool” thing to do. As the infamous quote by Bill Gates goes, “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

I want to make a toast to all the hardworking “nerds” out there for a long, prosperous, and successful rest of our lives. Cheers!