An anonymous reader writes: Like some Slashdot users, I began attending university last month for computer science. The experience represents my first time away from home and almost constantly with my peers, many of which are also computer science students. Recently, I have become cognizant of the many negative intricacies associated with a "normal" person's perspective of what a nerd is like. Conversing with my college computer science peers (many of which are quite nerdy), I have noticed that many of them are extremely arrogant. Upon introspection, I have come to the realization that I am also very similar to them and am very curious, but worried. I have noticed similar personality characteristics on Slashdot, so I am posing the community with a multitude of questions. Where does this nerd arrogance come from? How can it be rectified? I am concerned that, if I do not abolish these annoying tendencies, I may have trouble later on in life with my career and relationships. Has anybody run into problems in life with the arrogance characteristics that seem to be so prevalent with nerds? If so, how did you handle the situation?