The defining characteristic of a nerd is braininess. So, if you're a nerd, you know you are. Now you need to rock it.
You will need
- Area of expertise
- Groundbreaking project
- Nerdy clothes
- Good grades
- e-book reader (optional)
Step 1 Excel at something Be awesome at something. There are many different types of nerds. Determine whether you’re a math, science, literature, sci-fi, music, video game, computer, chess, or some other kind of nerd, and embrace your nerdiness. Confidence rocks anything.
Step 2 Carry books Carry a book with you at all times. Nothing says “I’m a brainiac” like carrying around books that nobody else understands.
If you’re a science and technology nerd, carry an e-book reader.
Step 3 Use your smarts to create something Do something really cool with your intelligence. Conquer new frontiers by writing a computer program, inventing new electronics, or composing an amazing piece of music.
Get some other nerds to work with you. It’ll be a lot more fun, and who knows what results you’ll get when you pool all of that grey matter?
Step 4 Create your own network of nerds Create your own network of nerds — start an underground club and a newspaper.
Step 5 Own your look Be proud of your pocket protector, suspenders, high-waist pants, black-framed glasses, and your mismatched accessories. The nerd look is indistinguishable from the hipster look.
Step 6 Study Apply yourself to your studies to get high enough grades for acceptance — better yet, a scholarship — to a top school, and eventually land the perfect job. You’ll be smiling at every high school reunion.
Did You Know:
The ultimate nerd, Anthony Edwards, who played Gilbert Lowe in Revenge of the Nerds, is an activist and chairman of the Shoe4Africa organization.