The 5 Types Of Students You Meet In Business School

By Gretchen Kernbach on August 2, 2016

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The only difference between your business school years and undergrad years is that everyone can legally drink, your classmates are getting married, and you all have a general idea of what you are doing.

However, let’s face it, the type of students you meet will most likely be the same as those you faced the past four years. Or, if you are going back to school after taking a year (or 10) off, expect the same general immaturity.

Don’t get me wrong, with years comes lessons, but think back to the time you were 17 and thought by 21 you would have it all together. You most definitely did not. Business school is full of the same young adults in their early 20s who have yet to figure it all out. Yes, some are more mature than others, but old habits die hard.

Here is a list of the type of students you will meet (and decide if you want to avoid) in business school.

1. The Sorority Has-Been

This girl is still pressed on her glory days in Kappa Delta. She wears her letters any chance she gets, and watch out, if she finds out you too were a KD she will never leave you alone.

According to, she “is very rarely seen without at least two or three others just like her, eating salads at the dining hall or walking in a herd, talking and texting at the same time. She lives in a uniform: black leggings, flats, and a hoodie emblazoned with her sorority’s letters (and in the winter, a puffy down coat).”

How will you be able to notice her? Well first and foremost, the letters of course. Second, I’d expect this girl to always look ready to model and talk as if no one heard her in the first place.

Do you want to avoid this girl? Maybe not. She could very possibly have connections around campus and know all the best bars in town. It doesn’t hurt to have a tour guide if you are new to the town you decided to go to school in.

2. The Do-Gooder

This is the type of person who never let anyone take a tiny, little glance at their homework during undergrad. And, to my best prediction, even if he/she is over 21, they will still feel guilty for drinking the night before an exam. Honestly, they might not even be smart, so don’t bother trying to befriend them to get some of their knowledge. All I know is that he or she plays by the rules a little too much.

3. The Know-It-All

Don’t get a know-it-all and do-gooder confused with each other. They very well might have some of the same qualities, but I believe it’s better to befriend someone who knows too much than someone who won’t even help out with what they have.

Now by no means should you try to cheat in business school because this is your life now. However, we all need assistance every once in a while. I recommend befriending this person if you find him or her in a particularly difficult class. How will you identify them?

According to, they “have an answer, comment or opinion for every question, whether right or wrong.”

“They’ll keep their hands up for so long they’ll have body-builder-toned arms, and they’ll go off on so many tangents they’ll sound like they’re getting over a case of mono. If they’re a member of any gender, cultural, political or geographical group, they will always find a way to tie any point made in class to their background— “As a _____, I can personally relate to the readings because of the author’s sense of ______.”

If you can handle their need to insert their (always correct) opinion every time you work together, then go ahead and get to know them.

4. The Party Animal

It’s hard to imagine this person when they weren’t 21. Now that everyone is of age, you can expect him or her to be at the bar almost every night, and trying to drag you along. Never, ever count on him or her to be in class before 11 a.m.

How to identify the party animal? Almost too easy. Look for sweatpants and dark sunglasses, accompanied by a dark colored container that doesn’t exactly smell like coffee. If you’re looking for a good time, hit this person up for a night on the town.

5. The Potato

This person typically never shows up for anything. They don’t like to try and would rather binge watch Bloodline on Netflix than do their research paper. You should never really count on the potato for any group projects. You can find them rolled into a ball on their couch covered in crumbs from the night before.

How do you find this person? You don’t.

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