Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Theme:
Tropes Not Experienced In School
Today’s list is a freebie featuring “school”-ish things.
I will just say that not all experiences are made equal and this is just what I experienced. Moreover, for the purposes of this list, I will only be focusing on high school (grades 9 – 12).
Cliques do not overlap
I feel as though narratives often push a conflict that cliques do not know of the existence of other groups within the ecosystem that is high school; such that anyone “shy and studious” is unnoticed by “popular kids” [prior to actually being noticed]. There were well over 500? 600? students in my year and, I’m sure I could’ve pointed out 97.4% of them even if I didn’t know of their names, I would at least know of them in passing. Not to mention that just because you’re characteristically one thing doesn’t mean you cannot be another…or another…or everything. Damn those high achievers.
Anyone can lack intelligence. Anyone can be rude AF. The generalizing is amazing.
Parties…parties everywhere (and everyone is invited!)
To be fair, I did enjoy my fair share of “partying” which is just my way of saying “tomfoolery-for-an-unaccounted-amount-of-time” but am I to believe that this is all kids get up to now-a-days? Because the rhetorical Little Jimmy Bob over there is throwing this massive party where everyone seemingly attends and everyone gets punched in the face with drama. Full stop.
Extending the point above, I was familiar (or as close as you can get) with the parents of my friends. And neither mine or theirs would blatantly neglect their children and rendezvous out of town for an indeterminate amount of time.
That being said, if your one (or both) parents are out of the picture, this has its own merits as well (mine was). But everyone of them? Nah.
I think I’ve only ever seen one colleague in high school go full on “makeover”, and it wasn’t an overnight thing. It was an over-the-summer thing where she came back and got her tan game on until she was literally orange (like Barbie to the umpteenth degree. Borderline tomato (?) ). Otherwise, what is this nonsense that you can trim your hair a few millimeters and boom — all the love interests, suddenly a genius, and winning at life? Fuck off.
S in “School” stands for Socializing not Studying
I sure as hell didn’t study 24/7 (I was gaming most times, naturally) but even I knew when I got that kick of “oh shit” adrenaline-pumping desire to attempt to finish my homework/assignments. Because no, though I could probably get an A in Drama (without taking said class), I would have probably failed everything else had I not actually completed the course load (especially true of my non-semestered setting).
Falling in love with group members re: project
I’m not faulting the wild predicament that being put with your rivals etc. won’t spawn a lasting friendship. It can. I’m also not discounting potential romance from said friendships…except I am because I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed relationships go from 0-to-1000 during the span of some random assignment for classmates to be able to find their fated one. Not to mention the over-the-top escapades to NOT do the work and instead focus on the downtime (which is fine in moderation) but you know, who am I to question romance I guess.
You win everything
I think it’s great that story arcs are ultimately goal oriented. You win the girl/guy/person. You win that coveted prize. You…survive? But it’s not all sunshines and potpourri when you’re more likely to sit along the “B” average or advance to semi-finals only to lose, etc. etc. etc. FALSE HOPES BEGONE.
If administration can’t see you, do you exist?
If you’re currently working in an educational capacity at a school — be it a teacher or support staff etc. — I am not saying you purposely pretend students don’t exist and therefore give them the power to roam free and/or leave the premises. (I’ve nothing to say to you if you do though). It’s that while there will be people who skip or are credibly absent, what the heck is with this limited consequence not experienced by MCs when they go off and save the world? A phone call from school is still a phone call from school — and you bet the true villain is getting your ass beat by the parentals.
The food still sucks
Truth. This is the only truth that I have experienced.
I’m sure there are more but shenanigans are still shenanigans and I’ll stop here from preventing this list to be massive.