I realise that some of the people reading right now may still be in high school but most of you? I suspect most of you have left. Let’s talk about our high school experiences: good, bad, average? What did you enjoy about it, what did you hate about it?
For me high school was a real mixed bag. On the one hand I met some great people that I’m still friends with to this day. On the other hand, my high school was a bit rough and full of some legitimately insane human beings. In the first couple of years of high school I suffered from some fairly frequent bullying and that was a real shock for me. My primary school days were brilliant, but the first couple of years of high school? Pretty brutal.
But on the other hand, school was sometime rewarding. I was good at stuff. I was a pretty good student, got good grades. Good enough to leave high school a year early (Scotland has a slightly different system to Australia). I was also pretty good at track and field and won a fair amount of awards for that.
Actually, that reminds me of a pretty brutal story.
In my final year of school I managed to win the overall ‘Sports Champion’ award. You win this by consistently performing well in things like the 100m/200m/high jump/long jump. You were presented your award in front of the whole school. When I went up to collect my award the entire school booed me.
I played it off like I didn’t care and started playing to the boos. But I can’t lie — it stung!
What was your experience with high school like?