Student Athlete / STEM Major

Student Athlete / STEM Major

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Student Athlete is a dialogue meme popular on Twitter that mocks overly enthusiastic and self-centered student athletes who make every conversation about themselves and their physical fitness. In the joke, someone says something innocuous and the student athlete replies by somehow spinning the topic to physical fitness while peppering their response with emoji. The meme has expanded to spoof other subcultures, most notably STEM Majors.


On February 26th, 2017, Twitter user @beyonseh[1] tweeted "me: hi
student athlete: yo πŸ€” tf you complaining for πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚ i grind 24/7 πŸ’―β˜πŸ½πŸ€£ you don't see πŸ‘€ me crying πŸ˜³πŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€ΌοΈ foh lil bitch πŸ˜›πŸ…±οΈπŸ€£." The tweet gained nearly 19,000 retweets and over 39,000 favorites in two weeks (shown below)

Follow @beyonseh me: hi student athlete: yo tf you complaining for i grind 24/7 igg you don't see . . me crying asd !! fohlil bitch UE γ‚― 100 RETWEETS LIKES 18,88638,326


The tweet was soon picked up by popular Twitter accounts that copy other popular tweets like @memeprovider[2] and @memearea.[3] On March 5th, user @TwoZeroSixGod[4] posted his own variation of the joke, gaining nearly 4,000 retweets and 10,000 likes (shown below).

nicholas teeny @TwoZeroSixGod + Follow me: hey student athlete: We Gotta Have 4.0 GPAs and We Practice Every Day That's Grind That's Hustle 100 You Ain't Shit To Me 100 100 100 RETWEETSLIKES 3,912 9,472

On March 10th, @memeprovider tweeted another variation and gained over 24,000 retweets.[5] This likely caused an influx of student athlete jokes, which began gaining widespread popularity on Twitter on the 12th and 13th. The popularity was covered by SelectAll[6] and The Daily Dot[7] that week.

STEM Major

In the following months, the "Student Athlete" joke began being applied to various other subcultures, most notably, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors. As with "Student Athlete" jokes, the STEM major is portrayed in dialogue memes as being overly enthusiastic about their field. On March 15th, 2017, Twitter user @beyonseh,[8] the same user behind the Student Athlete meme, tweeted "can we do the same thing we did with student athletes to STEM majors," gaining over 1,500 retweets (shown below).

Follow @beyonseh can we do the same thing we did with student athletes to STEM majors 11:29 PM -15 Mar 2017

This inspired tweets in the same style applied to STEM Majors. For example, Twitter user @probablynida posted a STEM Major joke that appeared exactly as the Student Athlete jokes, complete with emoji, on March 31st (shown below). On March 19th, Twitter user @rudy_mustang tweeted a variation in which a STEM major is in conversation with a kindergartner, gaining over 39,000 retweets and 116,000 likes (shown below, right).

nida @probablynida Follow "I like to run-" me, a STEM major: RUN!? you mean g run code non-stop papere s '은 RIP 4.0 GPA,e #TeamWindows叩! | Eclipse 0:1 1I & chase 6:44 PM-31 Mar 2017 rudy mustang @rudy_mustang Follow STEM major: what are you learning in school Kindergartener: shapes and colors STEM major: Imao good luck getting a job with that 5:34 PM -19 Mar 2017

Other Subcultures

STEM Major jokes would continue through 2017, outliving the Student Athlete meme. The popularity of STEM Major jokes led the meme to spread to other subcultures. For example, Twitter user @Primmademma tweeted a variation with Journalism majors on December 19th, 2017 and gained over 2,300 retweets and 11,000 likes (shown below, left). The same day, user @areyoumydoctor tweeted a variation of the joke with Music majors, gaining over 660 retweets (shown below, right).

not your goal @Primademma Follow Stem major: Art major: Journalism major: breaks?? the news DOESN'T STOPzz for breaks and a FREEV press is the cornerstone of DEMOCRACY 111 journalism isn't dying it's just going digital!!i have 9 unpaid internships follow my professional twitter for updates eggnoggin @areyoumydoctor Follow STEM major: English major: Music major: sorry I CAN'T hang out I have a GIG if I'm not on a gig I'm in a practice room writing counterpoint Don't talk to me unless you sleep with a metronome on 9:35 PM-19 Dec 2017

Various Examples

me : hey student athlete : λ°” me : how did you say that out loud 100 me: im thirsty student athlete: UR thirsty? from chasing Ξ» these goals the hustle like i do fam i get thirsty 100 u don't know Waiter: Do you need more time to decide? Student athlete. Time? I Don't Have Time When The Grind Never Stops Stay Dream Chasing ● 100 waitress: hi sorry for the wait we're super busy student athlete: busy? you don't know what busy isfamiwon'tever stop my grindl0 Chef: the last step is to grind the pepper for- Student athlete: did you say Grind? The Grind Never Stops10 No BreaksWe Stay Dream Chasing parents: don't forget to set your clocks an hour ahead! Student athlete: I'm always ahead staying on that grindnever falling behind

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External References

[1] Twitter – @beyonseh

[2] Twitter – @memeprovider

[3] Twitter – @memearea

[4] Twitter – @TwoZeroSixGod

[5] Twitter – @memeprovider 2

[6] Select All – These Tweets Roasting Student Athletes Are [Insert 100 Emoji]

[7] Daily Dot – The student athlete meme shows you how to rise and grind

[8] Twitter – @beyonseh

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