There is a student in my accounting class who thrives on accounting. She LOVES accounting. Her interest is consumed in accounting. It is her primary focus. I don't know if she has any other interest.
When posting to the discussion, we are suppose to use at least 150 words (some classes say 300; it depends on the class) and she always uses over 1,000. At first I thought it was an attempt to show off her knowledge, but after having at least two other classes together, I can see that she is not only knowledgeable but passionate as well. She wants to share her passion.
I do not share her passion. Accounting is a complicated language. I don't think it needs to be. I can pick out words that make sense to me, but overall I feel like the character on the outside of the "nerd-circle". Two television shows come to mind. Both series of CBS.
The first is a drama/crime show called "Scorpion" which is about four geniuses who work for/with a government agent to solve problems that the average human mind wouldn't be able to grasp. Walter is the over achiever who is academically gifted but totally lacks in reading emotions. The only person he has ever seemed to be attached to is his sister who had a disability that he wanted to make better. He basically heads the group - or believes that he does.
Happy is the mechanic of the group. She is comfortable with infusing things together and making them work. She is estranged from her father or any other relationship for that matter.
Toby is the doctor of the group. He seems to understand what is needed to fix the human body, both physically and emotionally. He uses humor as a defense mechanism. Toby likes to gamble.
Spencer is possibly my favorite character of the four. He's overweight, loves comic con, excels in any and all forms of arithmetic, is germaphobic.
The first season introduces Paige and Ralph. Ralph is a boy genius who excels beyond his peers. He's eager to learn on a college level and understands complicated words - more complicated than accounting. Paige is his mother. She doesn't understand her son's mind. She doesn't understand academic complication. She doesn't seem to have a great handle on relationships as there have been complications with her mother and Ralph's father. She does understand emotion and ends up working with team Scorpion even though she is far from being a genius. She has emotional intelligence. I seem to identify most with Paige as I go through my courses of study: overwhelmed by the complexity of the trade, but understanding the personal aspect of self.
"The Big Bang Theory", a situation comedy, also focuses on four nerds who hang out together. They are Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard. All four work at the same University in California. Three are scientists and one an engineer. All four love comic con, "Star Trek", and "Star Wars". I would be most interested in going out with Leonard and Raj. I would not want to date anyone like Sheldon or Howard. Sheldon thinks quite highly of himself. He's a gifted know-it-all who does not recognize emotions, sarcasm, or why people might find him offensive. He's a highly exaggerated character who also loves trains.
Howard can also be offensive - usually to the opposite sex. He is overly insecure. He lives with his mom for most of the series.
Penny is their neighbor who, for the most part, has no clue what the others are saying. The expressions she wears are similar to the ones I wear in accounting. It seems like she will sleep around with almost any breathing guy. But even she is revolted by Howard.
I think the classmate I refer to at the beginning is somewhere between Walter and Sheldon. I don't know that she gets emotions. She has them, obviously, but they seem to be tucked away far beneath her intellectual passion. She's asked me for "answers" to other class projects outside of accounting. I've tried explaining to her that she should not expect to receive a grade based upon my opinion; rather she needs to have her own. I think the idea of sharing emotional opinion is as foreign to her as accounting is to me.
Have you ever seen those questionnaires on BuzzFeed or Zimbo that ask "What Disney Princess are You" or "What Scorpion Character" or "Big Bang Charter are you?" I don't see how anyone can honestly end up with Sheldon or Walter. I don't believe that either one of them would take the quiz seriously enough to sit down and actually take the time to take the personality quiz - which of course is only done in fun and has no relevance - which is another reason that neither one of them would take it.