By Amanda Tolentino
Humor, in my opinion, is one of the best medicines around, especially for a college student. It can be a stress reliever, bring people together or lightly poke fun at certain situations or stereotypes.
Tumblr accounts are compilations of GIFs, a format for image files, using scenarios from movies and TV shows in a blog setting.
The My Life as a Baylor Bear Tumblr account is geared toward encompassing various representations of Baylor life, including Greek life, classes and Waco.
The account is anonymous. According to the account’s disclaimer page, the Tumblr is meant for entertainment purposes only and does not represent a 100 percent accurate illustration of Baylor students.
The account utilizes various scenes from shows including “Doctor Who,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Toddlers and Tiaras” and other various popular series — including my favorite — “The Office.”
A post from Oct. 8 stereotypes the dorms on campus.
The Collins stereotype shows a scene from “White Chicks” when one of the FBI agents has his purse stolen while disguised as one of the Vandergeld sisters. The thief gives up the purse and says, “Jeez, lady, it’s just a bag.” In turn, the agent responds, “It’s not just a bag. It’s Prada.”
The South Russell stereotype shows a softball scene from the “Princess Diaries.” Mia is angry with Josh and uses her frustration to hit him in the abdomen, causing his knees to buckle.
From this we can gather that South Russell ladies are seen as your typical sports fiends.
Other posts exaggerate the caricature-like “Sing faces,” sitting next to that gorgeous guy in class and acting like a goober, and other Waco-related situations, such as the infamous Waco water or Waco robber.
To the clever but mysterious individual who created this Tumblr, I applaud you.
It is times when I have school-related, self-induced anxiety problems the size of Mount Everest on my plate, that I find myself giving a short-lived but hearty laugh. Maybe even a snort or two, and my day is made.
I find your wit to be delightfully hilarious, but never offensive. It is good humor like this that I truly appreciate.
My Life as a Baylor Bear is fair in all aspects of student life. The Tumblr focuses a great deal on Greek life, but as a sorority member I find some truth to every stereotype.
Sure, sorority girls squeal and run to their sisters as if they haven’t seen each other in 20 years, but I do that with non-Greek friends as well.
I will even confess to wearing Nike shorts while swimming in an oversized T-shirt. However, I draw the line at wearing running shoes with old man, above the ankle socks.
You will encounter various personalities that follow some stereotypes, and others that do not. Even though an individual may follow a certain stereotype, it does not mean we should judge him based solely on a preconceived notion.
Remember the childhood adage “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well this certainly applies here. Our appearances should not dictate our talents and ability to achieve.
My Life as a Baylor Bear incorporates many aspects of Baylor from Diadeloso to those asking to pray over you. This Tumblr is the moving images of the Baylor memes.
While this obviously does not represent the university’s attitude toward Baylor life, it is just one person’s thoughts expressed in a blog to make people laugh.
For those who are easily offended, take this account and other Baylor stereotypes lightly and bask in the hilarity. Or ignore it, simply put.
Everyone deserves a little laughter each day. Why not incorporate it into our daily environments?
For many of us, Baylor is our home for four years and people from all walks of life are present. Humor, which encompasses many aspects of our alma mater, can be a stress relief, strengthen a friendship, or oftentimes in my case, can serve as a procrastination tool.
From the words of The “Office’s” Michael Scott, “There’s no such thing as an appropriate joke. That’s why it’s called a joke.”
Amanda Tolentino is a senior journalism major from Pflugerville. She is a lab reporter for the Baylor Lariat