I cannot believe it! If you are one of my regular readers, you would know how excited I am to graduate high school, containing the fakest of the fake and the dumbest of the dumb. It takes you four years to figure out who your real friends are, and the level of unnecessary dramatic events that take place are at a maximum. The high school experience, overall, needs to take a chill pill. I have learned many concepts, ideas, and skills, some good, some bad, and some indifferent. But the most important thing high school has taught me is to never lose my sense of humor.
High school is the least ideal social situation. People develop in little groups called cliques where certain people only hang out with other members of their "social group." I remember in junior year how much I tried to get in with a certain clique, and they ended up just keeping me at arm's length. Finally, in senior year, I figured out that I don't need these people. They are just a bunch of weak, superficial idiots who never matured enough to figure out how to broaden their horizons and meet people who are different than them. Senior year was the year I figured out how I don't need acceptance, I don't need a group, and I don't need a clique because it will make me just another one of those drones.
High school is not a place to make connections for life. I have three or four friends that I will probably be friends with for a long time coming. The rest of my "friends," I figured out, said some very hurtful and condescending things about me behind my back, and they probably don't even know that I have heard. The thing is everybody hears what you say; in high school, nothing is a secret. The only way to keep a secret is to kill the person you told, and we obviously know that this act would not be ethical.
In high school, I tried to be the friend that was there for them 100% of the time, no matter what happened. But most people just took advantage of the fact that I was there to help them, and I ended up not even getting a simple 'thank you' after a while in return. Most of these so-called "friends" were the ones that did not even think to invite me to their graduation parties, but these are also the same "friends" that never invited me to anything the last few years. It is their party; they can invite who they want.
Needless to say, looking back, I will not miss high school one bit. For someone attempting to come out of their shell like I did, high school is not the place to do it. The thing is that if people don't like you or think you are just too different, in high school, you automatically are outcasted. High school is a survival game, or rather, a game of chess. But there is no reason it should have to be this way. The only reason it is this way is because we are all young, and we don't know how to act towards others yet. College will certainly be a rude awakening for some, and I most definitely have people in mind when I say this. Good bye, high school. I won't miss your halls and pitfalls one bit.
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