Geeks Come In All Shapes, Sizes, And Majors
I am fairly sure that I am a geek or a nerd or a dork or what have you. I’ve watched all of Firefly more than once. I read Terry Pratchett religiously. When I was younger I memorized the lyrics in Japanese to “Just Communication” (the first opening song for Gundam Wing) even though I didn’t know or speak Japanese. I’ve beaten Chrono Trigger four times. I watch My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I frequently quote Lucas Arts Adventure games. I even own the biography of Nikola Tesla.
In my eyes, I do not see how I could be denied my geekdom, but I am. I am told that I am not a TRUE nerd or geek because I am a Finance major. “Finance isn’t nerdy”. That’s what they tell me, they being my friends, these friends being Electrical Engineers. This is true; Business in general is not very nerdy. I remember my professor in my Business Calculus class making a joke about Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (specifically about the number 42) and I was the only one who knew what the joke was about. Business nerds tend to be foreign exchange students from Asian countries who read manga online during class.
My friends claim that because I don’t know programming like they do, or because I don’t know as much math as they do, or because I don’t know as much business as they do, or because my major is easier, that my dorkiness is somehow less valid.
Many of us have probably heard before “you’re not ______ therefore you can’t understand this” or “you’re not ______, you wouldn’t understand”. It’s not just Business majors who experience this. This is Communications, Theater, Art, Nursing, Law, Theology. This is not just males, this is also females. This is not just short people, this is tall people. This is not just Whites, this is Asians, Blacks, Latinos. This is everybody.
This is why I ask YOU, my fellow Ogeeku to share your experiences in which your geek/nerd/dork status has been questioned. Together we can rise up against those who deny us and prove that we are indeed dorky, we are for sure nerdy, we are definitely OGEEKU. (Or Odorku for those of us who have realized the folly of our ways)