Unless you’ve been living under an anti-social media rock for the past few months, I’m sure that you’ve come across the phenomenon that is the internet meme. For those of you who aren’t exactly sure what a meme is, I’d rather show you before I tell you.
Basically an internet meme is an idea that takes a visual form and is propagated on the internet. Simple enough right?
If you haven’t already done so, I would strongly recommend you check out the UofT memes page on Facebook (as if you don’t waste enough of your precious “studying” time on fb already). As I scrolled through the pages and pages of memes, I found that most of them made me laugh…more than I should probably admit.
#UofTproblems at their finest
One observation that I’d like to point out is that it seems that U of T students really like to bash other schools, other U of T campuses, and even other groups within UTSG. U of T definitely has the reputation of being one of the most competitive schools in Canada, but until you get here I don’t think that you understand what the term competitive encompasses. It seems that we are not just competitive in our academics, but also in proving that we’re the best across the board, compared to anyone we can compare to.
I’m always one for a good joke, but I found that some of these memes crossed the line a little bit. By belittling someone else’s university degree or professors, we aren’t making ourselves look or seem any better than we are.
It’s also interesting to see that there’s kind of a hierarchy of bashing that looks like this:
U of T against the world -> U of T against other Toronto Universities -> UTSG vs. UTM vs. UTSC -> UTSG: college vs. college vs. faculty -> College: program vs. program
While I think that the meme page promotes an awesome sense of U of T community (with over 9000 likes!), I’d rather see us use it to bring people together rather than waste our breath on putting down other people or other U of T students.
I’d rather not live up to the harsh, cut-throat, competitive U of T student with a superiority-complex stereotype…as I’m sure most of you don’t either. Just because we chose to attend one of the top schools in Canada, I don’t think it gives us the inherent right to put ourselves up on any kind of platform. As Julia said last week, “We’re all in this together” and I think that really encompasses Canadian students as a whole…after all, we’re all fighting similar student life battles.