The Shocking True Story of How a New Hampshire Student Became a Meme

A fascinating new feature in The New Hampshire reveals that one of the more popular college meme images is a four-year-old photo of an actual University of New Hampshire student.  (Hat tip to New Hampshire editorial page and online editor Thomas Gounley.)

As the paper reports, while a UNH freshman, Griffin Kiritsy “was interviewed and photographed for an article in Reader’s Digest about technology affecting people’s everyday lives. It was featured in both the print and online version of the magazine.”  Sporting jeans and his sister’s UNH hoodie, he posed wearing a backpack and holding a mobile phone, seemingly embodying the clean-cut classic collegian 2.0.

It has become the photo that defines him.  Over the summer it popped up on quickmeme.com and has recently gone mega-viral as part of the exploding college memes phenomenonIt is known as the “College Freshman” meme.

Kiritsy, now a senior, told New Hampshire staff writer Joel Kost (kudos on a great piece): “It’s a weird experience.  At first it wasn’t a big deal, but now people are coming up to me and are like, ‘hey, you’re that guy.’ . . . I think it’s hilarious.  There are a million images of college freshmen online, and they picked me.”

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