Stereotypes and Athlete Essay

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Shaylee Smith Megan Montgomery English 1113 17 October 2011 Jock stereotype Stereotypes are different thoughts that a variation of people hold about people who are different from them. A stereotype can be associated with a single word or slogan; such as nerd, or jock. Stereotypes can be expressed in either a negative or positive way. Most people apply stereotypes in a negative way to make them feel more superior over others. The category that most people would place me under would be the classification of an athlete or jock. The jock title that I have been placed under has been with me pretty much my entire life. I have played sports since I was four years old when I first started playing soccer and tee ball. From that moment on I…show more content…
That assumption does not fit meat all; I study on the way to and from games to earn that grade. There were many late nights in high school when I would get home from an away game and still have plenty of homework to get done, and I would spend many hours after late games doing homework or just studying. I spent many hours after practice, on the way to game and on the way home from games studying just so I can make that grade that I strived for. I believe that being an athlete really helped me want to succeed on my class work, having that desire to want to be the best and have great success. The title “dumb jock” is starting to be redefined in this generation. Many jocks have higher grade point averages than regular students that do not participate in sports. The average graduation success rate for student athletes that began college in the year 2003 was 79%. This rate has continually been the same for the past two years and continues to be the highest graduation success rate in division I history. NCAA President Mark Emmert stated that “The data continues to erase the perception of the so called “dumb jock”. There is much other classification of different types of jocks in the world. Another stereotype that focuses on the female athlete is being classified as a lesbian. I have been stereotyped as a lesbian many different times on account of being a softball player. The stereotype is addressed to many female athletes but is strongly associated with
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