I was recently complimented on my geekiness. I think the exact words were something along the lines of ‘you’re so cute with your little bands and kind of geeky, but not, and a little sci fi, but not…’ And I was very pleased at the compliment. There’ s something about being geeky that is so much more delicate and polished than nerdiness, though I’m probably pretty nerdy too.
But I can understand geekiness or nerdiness as an entire self image can be unsettling. I consider myself attractive, funny, witty, and genuinely nice, in addition to my smarts. If I wasn’t those things as well, I might not be quite as open to being called a geek. But still, a certain passion for mental exercise i think should be encouraged.
At MIT in particular, I think encouragement is the name of the game. If you wanted something distinctly ungeeky, you would’ve gone someplace else. It’s all about giving students a school they can identify with. In a world of increasing interconnectedness, why not hang on to what makes you distinct?