Isn't it amusing? The years pass, but our memories endure. Everyone's high school experience was unique. Nobody has the same stories, events, or triumphs as someone else. When we reflect on our transition years from adolescent to young adult, there are common but meaningful moments of joy and laughter that we can all relate to.
Consider this a time machine that allows you to take a step back from the present and travel back in time to our so-called glory days.
1. Freshman Year's First Day
Your parents may not have taken pictures and cried like they did on the first day of kindergarten, but the first day of high school was a big deal. It seemed like the most important thing you'd ever done at the time. The goal was straightforward. You could consider your first day as a high schooler a success if you made it through the day without being trash-canned or stuffed in a locker by a senior.
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2. Exercise Class
In gym class, there were two kinds of kids. There were those who enjoyed gym class and those who despised it. Whether you were the one throwing the dodge balls or the one getting pelted, you will never forget the antics that occurred during gym class. Not to mention the stench and sweat you had to put up with the rest of the day after class.
3. Being called out while not paying attention
You were daydreaming, staring at the pretty girl across the room, or thinking about what you'd do once school was out. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! You didn't even hear the question when the teacher called your name. There were two possibilities: you were either clever enough to make a guess that might work, or you sat there dumbfounded as the teacher called on someone else in disgust. Don't be concerned; it happened to all of us.
4. Initial Crush
Let's face it, we've all got one. We can all recall the first guy or girl who made us smile and hope to catch a glimpse of them walking down the hall between classes. What happened after that crush is the question. Is the crush no longer there? Was it anguish? Or maybe you went four years without saying anything, content with a split second of eye contact every few weeks. Who knows, you might even marry them. In any case, we can all recall our first crush.
5. Teacher Substitute
You knew it was going to be an interesting day when you walked into the classroom and saw an unfamiliar face sitting at the teacher's desk. When a substitute teacher arrived for the day, the pranksters got right to work. Mixing up names, speaking in accents, shouting at random, anything to elicit a roar of laughter from the rest of the class. The best part was trying to persuade the substitute that our regular teacher always let us do things like listen to music during class, even though this was never the case. On substitute teacher days, you never knew what to expect.
6. Sneaky Texts
For those who did not have cell phones in high school, think of it as high-speed note-taking. Not only could you send a message without having to walk down the entire row of desks, but you could also send it to someone in another room. It was always exciting to see if you could get a few words in before the teacher noticed. The disadvantage was that if you were caught, teachers would keep your phone for the entire day, or worse, bring it to the principal's office.
7. Group Assignments
Working in groups can take several forms. Most would be groups of friends who teamed up to joke around the entire class before scruffing something together in the last five minutes. One group was always going to be stuck with the kid who never did anything, and they'd have to compensate for the extra work he did while sitting there picking his nose. My plan was to team up with the bright kids, knowing that they'd do the hard work to ensure the group got an A while only assigning me enough to make it appear that I actually did something.
8. Being Reached Through The Intercom
When you heard your name called over the loud speaker to come down to the office, you felt a surge of emotions. A sense of pride in having the entire school hear your name, followed by a sharp worry about what trouble you've gotten yourself into this time. Then, when you arrived and discovered it was only because your mother had dropped off lunch money, you wondered why they made such a big deal about it and announced it to the entire school.
The bus ride was always the best part of any field trip, regardless of where you were going. All of your friends crammed onto one bus, shouting and joking the entire journey there and back. It's amazing to think about what bus drivers have to put up with.
10. “When are we going to use this?
This question arose on a daily basis, particularly in math class. Most of the time, the teacher provided an example of when we would apply that day's lesson in the real world, but it was always satisfying when we received the response we desired: “Probably never.” But because it was part of the curriculum, class went on and we had to learn it anyway.
Lunch was, without a doubt, the best part of the day. Not because of the food, absolutely not because of the food. It was a break from nagging teachers and dull lectures, as well as an opportunity to hang out with your friends. It's amusing to consider the big decision of where to sit every day. Lunch was where friends' groups were defined. If you scanned the room for 30 seconds, you'd be able to identify every single clique. Lunch was always about the experience, not the food. I mean, does anyone know what they put in those breakfast sausage links?
12th. “Study” Hall
During study hall, a variety of events occurred. One of them was never studying. It was either spent talking with friends or opening your book to a random page and sleeping for the rest of the time. It was perfectly acceptable to do nothing during study hall. Where does that fit into a 40-hour work week?
13. Do you have any homework?
The end of the semester is approaching. The bell is about to ring, and the teacher has completely lost track of time. The entire class is clinging to their seats because no homework has been assigned, and everyone is excited to go home knowing they won't have to do any work. Then, typically, the teacher's pet exclaims, “what about homework?” The teacher thanks her for the reminder before giving the assignment to the class. The suspense is gone in an instant. For all of us young people, it was an emotional roller coaster in such a short period of time.
14th. Everyday Drama
You can't think about high school without recalling all of the nonsense that occurred on a daily basis. Even if you didn't take part in the drama, you knew what was going on. Who was dating whom, who didn't like whom, and who was caught cheating on a test. It's amusing to reflect on all the trivial things we cared about. It's even more amusing to consider how many people still do.
15. Senior Year
It appears that you went from walking in the doors for the first time as a freshman to walking out for the last time as a high school graduate almost as quickly as you read this post. When we think back on our high school years, senior year usually comes to mind. You could do whatever you wanted as school rulers, and no one would tell you otherwise. That's not entirely accurate, but it's how we all felt. Senior year was the culmination of a 12-year journey; it was time to leave the nest and make your first foray into the real world.
It's always amusing to reflect on high school. It's never about the tests, grades, or what we learned in class when we reminisce; it's about the memories we have with those who were closest to us. We reflect on the relationships we've formed. About spending every day for four years with your friends, laughing, joking, and bringing joy to each other's lives.
That is what we recall most vividly about high school. That is, after all, how it should be.
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