Staff Editorial: High school experience not like the movies; students should focus on being themselves

Staff Editorial: High school experience not like the movies; students should focus on being themselves

Cartoon by Mandy Novicoff

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Let’s be real.
High school is nothing like how it is portrayed in the movies.
No one is mean enough to make an entire “Burn Book” as a way to make fun of 95 percent of the school population like in “Mean Girls.”
It is highly unlikely someone as good-looking as Chad Michael Murray is going to run off the football field in the middle of “the big game” to kiss his “Cinderella” in the stands just as it begins to rain like in “A Cinderella Story.”
And there will never, ever be a party as crazy as the one in “Project X,” regardless of whether or not that one kid’s parents are out of town and he instructs everyone to invite whomever they want.
We don’t even get the benefit of having soda in our school cafeteria like in the movie “Clueless.”
So, the question is, why are we all trying to achieve this perfect high school experience like you would see in the movies? Why is it so easy to blame our actions on “peer pressure” like it’s so commonly depicted on the big screen when, really, we are making decisions for ourselves?
High school isn’t about being the most “popular” or having the most “friends,” especially because those “friends” aren’t usually there for you like you would like them to be.
High school is not about being in the perfect relationship or finding your soulmate, especially since many of us know that most relationships in high school don’t even work out in the end.
High school is not about drinking and partying all the time.
It’s time we all break the high school stereotypes.
It’s time that all of our actions reflect who we are and what we want to do with our lives, rather than trying to create this image for ourselves that makes us seem “cool” to others.
After high school, none of this is even going to matter. As hard as that is to imagine — that we’re all going to be out in the real world some day, not even thinking about what sort of reputation we had as high schoolers — it really is only four years.
So, make the most of it.
Surround yourself with people who actually care about you — people who will make you laugh so hard your stomach hurts or be a shoulder to cry on when you need it.
Wear the things you want to wear.
Skip the party that everyone’s going to on Friday night and watch movies with your friends.
Be the person you want to be.
Don’t let the movies make you feel like your high school experience is mediocre.
No matter who you are or what you do while you’re in high school, there will be plenty of stories to tell later in life.