Sunday , March 12, 2017 - 12:00 AM
High school is portrayed in many movies, by many people, and is something that everyone experiences.
The hard thing about these portrayals is that they are different in everyone’s eyes. Such movies as “Mean Girls,” “Grease” and “A Cinderella Story” portray high school like a theme park.
Why is so much emphasis put on the high school experience? It may be that those who direct these movies want to show a fantasy of what they wished for or how they perceived their high school years. I get it, high school can honestly be one of the greatest times or worst times of your life, but should we emphasize it so much?
The emphasis honestly comes from the unknown. High school years are such a mysterious time when you figure out who you are and what you want to do with the rest of your life, and you realize that your years of being a kid are over. Not to mention, some of us are still hung up on that hot senior in English class we never got the guts to talk to.
Honestly, most movie portrayals of high school must come from what we never had happen or what we always wanted to happen, whether it be good or bad.
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We all don’t have the same experiences in our lives, especially not in high school. In movies, we always get the same clichés — young love, parties, drugs, alcohol, and the list could go on. The truth is, not everyone who ever went to high school fell in love, went to parties, was a popular kid, or decided to drown themselves in drugs and alcohol. Most of us just fell into the background.
Falling into the background means that we were just another face in the hallway or classroom, or someone you happened to bump into in the lunch line. We weren’t anything special because we never got involved with sports, had a huge group of friends or were considered to be the best looking kid at school. (Yes, people do still judge off looks; happens every day, even outside of high school).
Now I’m not trying to say that you won’t enjoy your high school experience. I just want you to know that you are not going to have the same experience as someone did in a movie or as others who have already been through high school. Nobody is going to break out into song in the middle of the lunch room, even though I know you were so hoping for your “High School Musical” moment.
Let’s face it, you had fun at that high school dance, at the football game, or even during school hours. Not everything is bad about high school, but it’s not always as good as everyone makes it out to be either.
And I’m going to break the hard news to everyone: Once it’s over, you will most likely not miss high school. You are going to love your life after high school. There is so much more to life than what you did when you were a kid.
Also, remember Cinderella or Prince Charming will not come and swoop you off your feet (I know I hoped for an Austin Aimes to come into my life).
As a graduating senior, I know what it feels like to go all through high school and have nothing “magical” happen. High school is just another place to go to school and finally move on to the next steps of your life, that you get to choose.
If you are just starting high school or are even in the middle of it, don’t get your hopes up but also don’t get discouraged. Live for your own moments, instead of living vicariously through characters in a movie.
It’s reality — high school is only three years of your long life. This is now the end of your reality check.
Madison Skinner is a senior at Syracuse High School. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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