The Traditions of Schools & Universities in the USA
Schools and its pupils
School Stereotypes In every American class there are some distinct types of pupils: Ι. The Nerd!!! “No Fashion, Just Math&Science”.
School StereotypesThe Bully: Bullies spend their school lives thinking of cruel jokes to play on the weaker students. Toilet Flushing, The Strip, Wedgies, Book Stealing, Tax collection.
School StereotypesThe Know-It-All: They love it when they do well in exams and they’ll let the rest of the class know all about it.
School StereotypesThe Class Weirdo: anxiety, depression, obsessions, and paranoia.
School Stereotypes The Teacher’s Pet: The teacher s pet is the one who loves to help the teacher. They will quite happily snitch on their classmates when someone has been naughty.
School StereotypesThe Class Joker : The class joker will do anything to get attention, even at the risk of looking silly or getting into trouble.
School StereotypesThe Swot :They study hard for all their exams and always do well.
School StereotypesThe Class Leader : The class leader is the s p o r t y, good-looking one with trendy parents.
School StereotypesThe Trendies: The trendies are the group of kids who think they are better than all the rest.
heraldryEvery school has its own history, symbols , combination of colours, mascot, song&slogan, halls with awards.
Extra-curricular lifeThere are different optional activities: history study groups, literary societies, art schools, “Future Leaders of the USA”, “School Book”, Choir, Bee-spelling, and a great diversity of sport clubs and sections (competitiveness), “Homecoming week”.
Oddities of the Students
The Primal Tradition“The Primal Scream” or “Halyava”. It’s an officially approved student tradition at the American Universities and Colleges. It appeared in the sixties at Harvard. The Primal Scream resounds at the end of a week (“Dead week” or “Hell week”) before exams on the night of Monday.
Students of the Columbia University combine the Primal scream with Pillow Fight. It is everywhere in rooms, library (it works at 12 pm!), halls.
Mortal CombatMaking a rating of Universities according to the quantity of Nobelists, rich people among its former students. They also figure out who the best is, conducting sporting events such as Rugby, Rowing, Soccer.
Georgetown University“Violence” against the freshmen at Georgetown University. The senior students made the first-year students to wear colourful caps, to greet the seniors, to sing the hymn at midnight. But all these humiliation disappeared after admission at the University female students.
Tricks at the Massachusetts CollegeIn the 1972 the students threw the piano off the roof of the college , to measure its acceleration. They’d repeated the experiment during 12 years until the administration stopped to put a piano in the hall.
In 1994 the students carried a police car on the roof of their campus and lighted it up. Next day it was removed off and displayed in the museum of students tricks.
Great opportunity to get a kiss;)French kisses at Stanford University are the main part of Initiation into student society! Full moon in October is the time to get the spirit of alma mater . The freshmen have to kiss the female sophomores to become real students. It’s big event and the faculty consider that the tradition consolidate the unity of their students!
The Nude OlympicsFirst snow but warm weather, dances, drinks, great party among sophomores...Dress code? Yes, come undress and run around the University!
All well-known universities had such traditions (“Naked run”, “Exotic Erotic Ball”, “Save John’s Ass”) till 2000 and then it’s almost disappeared because of Christian morality and venereal diseases.
Fraternities&SororitiesThe male and female clubs or Greek system. The first fraternity was established in 1776 “Phi. Beta. Kappa.” Since those times a lot of frats&sors were organized. Usually it invites only rich and trendy students, it’s one of the steps to make good connections in society for future career.