Don't let stereotypes make you stereotypical

As I walk down the hallway of my high school during passing periods, I see the same things every single day. There is always that one specific hallway you walk down where you see the couples leaning up against the wall making googly eyes at each other, and the other hall where there is the obnoxious group of underclassmen girls that stand in the middle of the hallway spreading whatever gossip that they heard in the class period before.  No matter what school you go to or went to, high school is pretty much the same.

No matter what high school you attend, the size and location of the school does not seem to change the general things that go on during the school day.  Even if you watch movies from the past that are based on the high school experience, it is almost the same as it is now.

Stereotypes are one thing that has always been present at high schools. It might vary from school to school what cliques are actually present, but in general there are stereotypes at every high school.

Personally this is something I struggle with. Some individuals like the fact that they are in close knit groups of people with the same interests, and others think that the whole clique thing is very excluding.

For me, having the different stereotypes is very difficult. I am involved with so many different clubs and friend groups, that over these past couple years I have made a lot of friends that don’t fit into the same “group”. Having friends from different friend groups is not a bad thing, what is bad is that I could never hang out with all of them at the same time. That is not me being mean, that is me being realistic.

My closest group of friends are a really great group of girls.  Most of them are on the school dance team. For those of you who know me personally know that I was not blessed with good dance moves, or any dance moves at all for that matter.  So unfortunately, I am not on the dance team. For a long time this was a very hard thing for me to deal with because whenever they would do something as a team I was left with nothing to do, and nobody to hang out with.

I eventually realized that this could be a positive thing for me.  It allowed me to branch out, and build new friendships with people that I never thought I would be hanging out with on Friday night.  After a couple times of hanging out with my new friends, and then returning to my normal group of friends I realized that the reality of it all was very upsetting.  Why was it that these two groups of both really good people could never come together to hang out and have a good time?

I know that I alone cannot change the fact that stereotypes exist, but I can do my best to make sure that I don’t fit in a specific one. Stereotypes do nothing but separate people in a negative way. So for all of you high schoolers out there, please try your best to focus less on the stereotypes and focus more on the individual. You may be surprised at how many things you have in common with people, and how many great new friendships you make.

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