While each character falls into some trope or pesky Millennial stereotype, they still manage to be familiar, relatable and have a depth that makes them more than just what's on the surface. It's that depth that helps viewers who may not have otherwise related to someone different than them better understand the motivations around them.
Aaron, the pro-black, "fight the power" student down for all the causes and protests is exactly the type of person you'd encounter on campus, but he's kind of a dork too. He'll likely be the person who will have to learn that there isn't one set way to be black.
Nomi is the confident, Jewish bisexual woman who deep down is afraid of how her family will treat her when they find out the truth. Skyler and Jazlyn appear cool and put together on the surface, but they carry the weight and expectations of their entire community. They also have the extra burden of dealing with the scrutiny of being black female athletes, and their ability to code switch in an effort to be palatable and suitable despite their upbringing is one of the most realistic aspects of the show thus far.
Vivek, the oldest child of immigrants, juggles the high expectations of his family, with his side business of drug dealing, and deeply seeded shame, and possible internalized racism and self-loathing. In addition to being politically incorrect and a materialistic label whore, he's arguably the most fascinating of the bunch.
Luca, as the pot-smoking, non- gender conformist fashionista who doesn't give a damn, is probably the only one who has it the most figured out because he's aware that no one has it figured out. And Ana is the sheltered, culture shocked girl who doesn't know how to cope with being away from home for the first time.