What things make/made high school enjoyable?

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03 Dec 2008, 1:25 am

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Well, I went to a gifted high school. Our valedictorian shouted "I am not a proper penguin!" at the whole school as part of his speech. Nobody there could really be described as 'NT.' So, there were lots of odd people to hang out with and the social hierarchy was, how shall I say, what hierarchy? Smart people are too busy being eccentric to establish proper hierarchy.

Lucky bastard. My family didn't have the money to send me to a gifted school, though I was recommended for one.


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03 Dec 2008, 4:11 am

I guess the many acquaintances I've made, and for about a year a small group of best friends.



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05 Dec 2008, 2:21 pm

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What things make/made high school enjoyable?


Going home at the end of the day and weekends.



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05 Dec 2008, 9:05 pm

People whom I didn't have any reason to respect had lots of reasons to respect me.



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05 Dec 2008, 10:08 pm

High school has niches. Programming, web design, and culinary arts class are my favorite. Plus, I can take 2 math classes and 2 science classes at the same time. I hate that I'm forced to learn history though, and my english class is too complicated. (I have to do character analysis of the people in The Fountainhead.)

The main advantage: More freedom from middle school, and more electives.



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06 Dec 2008, 2:03 pm

Being homeschooled...



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07 Dec 2008, 5:27 am

The knowledge that in about 4 years I can graduate from this hell hole.



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07 Dec 2008, 4:53 pm

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I have not attended any of the reunions - there would be no point. Who would I want to reunite with? Most of the bullies have died (one was a suicide, another was beaten to death in a motel, two have died of AIDS, and most of the rest were from auto accidents, cancer, or alcohol and drug-related 'incidents'), and the women have all lost their youthful beauty. And the few teachers who even tried to reach out to me have also passed away.


That made me smile.



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07 Dec 2008, 6:39 pm

It's nice to walk out to the bus when the temperature is between 50 and 70 degrees.
I get to use the computer in computer science class and write little amateurish Java programs.
Math class is about 30 minutes of free time for calculator programming, provided the actual math work is easy (and it usually is).
Chemistry is fun, really.
In speech class I can sometimes listen to my mp3 player and relax, or work on my conlang and writing systems. The entire class is free time for my taking (literally). Too bad this class is populated almost solely by stupid idiots...



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25 Dec 2008, 6:25 pm

High school for me was just one extremely long and unnecessarily arduous struggle. But it was still better than middle school. (I f**king HATED middle school with a burning passion)

I got transferred into three high schools (two of them nonpublic) throughout my HS career.

1st school - a typical public high school full of stupid f**king idiots and even more people whom I generally wouldn't want to deal with on any basis. The academics were very tough for me and the teachers barely did sh** to help. Also, I did get chased after by three girls, and none of them were worth giving the time of day to.
On the plus side, this school was practically full of cash if you knew where to look. A few vending machines had slippery change deposit slots, and so lots of quarters fell under the machine, which I would fish out with a stick when there weren't many people around. There were also numerous times where people would just leave dollar bills lying around. I found ones, fives, and I even once found a ten-dollar bill on the ground. But over time, my grades came to be terrible, I got placed in the special-ed group, and my parents finally had enough and transferred me to my second high school.

2nd school - a small nonpublic school for people with behavioral problems. Ironically, this served to be some of my best years in school, socially speaking. After a rough patch in the beginning, I made quite a few friends and generally got along with everyone pretty well. The academics were crap, though. Minimal work, and next to no homework. So my folks transferred me again after 2 and a half years.

3rd school - a slightly bigger nonpublic school for people with mental disabilities, with the vast majority of them being high-functioning autistic/AS. The academics were much better there and the social aspect was alright. (provided the people you hung with were at least tolerable) But the school's administration sucked, and just about everyone whose nose wasn't to the grindstone knew it - including most of the teachers. (and now one of them teaches biology at my current community college, lawl.)
I got held back a year because of an issue involving me not having enough credits to graduate, because I bombed the first half of my freshman year but passed the second half.

Come graduation time, I just didn't give a damn about the formalities and goodbyes and whatnot, and everyone who wanted to keep in contact got my number several days beforehand. I was in HS way too long and all I wanted to do at the ceremony was get my diploma, and get the f**k out of there. So I did, and I have never looked back since then. And as for the people? Good friends/teachers aside - I don't care if I never see them again.
And looking back, I wasn't like most other kids in any of the high schools I went to - I never followed the fashion trends, I didn't care for most aspects of popular culture, I never went to any social functions (dances, proms etc.) and not once did I have a crush on anyone.

And let me just say this. Contrary to popular belief - high school is intended for one thing, and it IS NOT to make friends/have fun/meet that significant other/make memories/ etc. The purpose for HS is to do the work & learn the material so you can pass the tests, and get good marks in your classes so that you can graduate.
THAT is the true purpose of high school - to obtain an education and a diploma. (or a GED) Everything else about HS is secondary to that purpose, and an awful lot of kids these days really need to get that through their skulls.



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1st school - a typical public high school full of stupid f**king idiots and even more people whom I generally wouldn't want to deal with on any basis. The academics were very tough for me and the teachers barely did sh** to help. Also, I did get chased after by three girls, and none of them were worth giving the time of day to.


Sounds like my high school, but the difference was mine was a Christian school. Unlike you, I had to stay there for 4 years and it was miserable. I despised them all. There were a few girls in my class who even though they had boyfriends, pretended to be interested in me. I knew it was all fake but they didn't leave me alone. This was a lose-lose situation. If I go along with it and believe they are interested, they would do something to humiliate me in front of everyone. I didn't go along and made it clear I wanted nothing to do with them. The result was I got picked on for not being interested in these girls, even though everyone else probaby knew they were fake too, they just wanted to see me get humiliated.

Even if these girls had been for real it wouldn't have helped me much, since my parents didn't believe in teenage dating, especially in the lower grades of high school. They may have allowed it when I was older, but there was nobody there I'd have been interested in anyway.

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Come graduation time, I just didn't give a damn about the formalities and goodbyes and whatnot, and everyone who wanted to keep in contact got my number several days beforehand. I was in HS way too long and all I wanted to do at the ceremony was get my diploma, and get the f**k out of there. So I did, and I have never looked back since then. And as for the people? Good friends/teachers aside - I don't care if I never see them again.
And looking back, I wasn't like most other kids in any of the high schools I went to - I never followed the fashion trends, I didn't care for most aspects of popular culture, I never went to any social functions (dances, proms etc.) and not once did I have a crush on anyone.


I was the same way. I just wanted out and was glad when it finally happened. I didn't fit in either in school. I didn't care much for fashion, I didn't like the same mainstream music everyone else liked, never cared about fashions or that stuff. I got picked on for not going to school dances and didn't go to the prom, partially because of my parents, partially because I had no interest. None of the girls in my school wouldn't have given me the time of day, since I was pretty much an outsider from day one because I didn't go to one of their churches or one of their church's elementary schools. Since I didn't go to any of their religion's schools or churches, I was pretty much branded an outsider the day I walked in the door.

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And let me just say this. Contrary to popular belief - high school is intended for one thing, and it IS NOT to make friends/have fun/meet that significant other/make memories/ etc. The purpose for HS is to do the work & learn the material so you can pass the tests, and get good marks in your classes so that you can graduate.
THAT is the true purpose of high school - to obtain an education and a diploma. (or a GED) Everything else about HS is secondary to that purpose, and an awful lot of kids these days really need to get that through their skulls.


I agree. My high school pushed the idea that high school is fun too much. I wanted to go to a school that pushed academics and had expectations of students' behavior, and didn't put up with any foolishness. My high school was a party school pure and simple, and I didn't want to party. If I could have gone to a school like I describe, I'm sure I'd have been much better off.

My parents did actually think of transferring me out a couple of times, but they changed their minds at the last minute saying "it'll go by fast so don't worry." I just wish it could have gone by happily.


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16 Dec 2010, 7:31 am

by drawing anime at school for hours staring at someone I like...
other than that high school is really s**t, well for me anyway.



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28 Apr 2012, 11:08 am

My friends, the teachers, I also enjoyed IT and kicking my sandals off and walking around barefoot :D


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30 Apr 2012, 3:36 am

I personally can't say there's anything tangible about high school that I miss.

-So-called 'friends' that talk to you for a week or two then pretend you don't exist
-Teachers that are more interested in the antics of the jocks and the 'bad kids' than students who respect them, are well behaved and want to excel
-Gym classes that forced you into team sports with people who acted like they were in the World Series
-Pointless subjects that you're not going to use in your life...ever
-Teachers who think they have a right to speak to (and treat) students any way they wish because of their position of 'power'

While I do miss my guidance counselor, crisis counselor, and a handful of teachers, I can't say I liked high school overall, but some positives did come of it.

-It was a wake-up call to what society is like
-I'm still in contact with a friend who has become one of my best friends, and still friends going on ten years :D
-The people who were worthwhile (about two, three) in my life are still around in some sort of way, even if it's online
-It 'toughened' me up. I will say though I've been bullied a lot (and still reminded of those experiences at work and college), I've become stronger from it as a result. As an English major and writer it's given me good fodder for writing material :twisted:



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04 May 2012, 6:47 am

I live in Australia where high school is from Grade 7 to Grade 12. I went to the same high school for the entire experience.

Years 7 to 10 were pretty bad. I don't miss anything from those years, save for a few really good teachers. Years 11 and 12 were better. I was given more freedom over the subjects I got to do and if this hadn't been available, I would have dropped out.

My favourite part about Year 12 was my Photography class. Everybody in that class was friendly and we all got along really well. The teacher was also really nice and the creative aspect was great. Somebody always bought in music to play during class and I got to model for a few people. I don't have anything negative to say about that class. It was a community within itself.

I also had a teacher for Business Management in Year 12 who was not only very knowledgeable about the subject, but also very friendly and approachable. I really appreciated having her as a teacher.

I also had good teachers for English and Literature (seperate subjects).

I also did History which I love but my teacher put me to sleep with her boring lectures every lesson.


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