Classification of common high school stereotypes.

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The way we present ourselves to society often gives them a predetermined assumption of the type of person we are. Even though it's not always safe to assume a person's personality based on their appearance, people seem to do it anyways. Sometimes people are mistreated due to their appearance, but they purposely present themselves the way they do because of a choice to be unique. As a student in a fairly large high school, it was easy to see the different "stereotypes" of people, as they tended to hang out together. This past experience shows how the outside world can treat you based upon a certain classification they choose to place you in.

There seems to be a few main stereotypes that can be found in a diverse high school. There's the preppies, goths, jocks, thugs, nerds, and last but not least, the hippies and skaters, who often fall into the same category.

There are many different people in this world, all with different personalities, and it's not fair to stereotype someone strictly based on looks. There is obviously also going to be people who don't seem to fall into any of these categories, but with that said, this is an attempt to identify these six different types of people.

The first group we'll look at is the preppies. Someone is usually classified as a preppy mainly based on the type of clothing he or she wears. These people are stereotyped as wearing all the latest fashions, everything they wear must be a big name brand and expensive. Although not all of them are, most people think of preppies as being "the rich crowd."

Goths are a very broad group of people. When most people think of someone who is "Gothic" they think of a few main points.