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(New York Magazine)   Psychologically speaking, we're all trapped in the social awkwardness of high school no matter how many years go by   (nymag.com) divider line 61
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2013-01-28 12:03:40 PM

browntimmy: I did realize I still remember names of some kids I didn't even know well and hadn't thought about for 12 years. While I can't remember the name of one of the guys in my 5-person department at an old job from 4 years ago.


I don't think high school affected me much (middle school and college more so) but the above is true. I remember more shiat and more people form high school than I do from recent jobs
 
2013-01-28 12:08:21 PM

Bill Frist: browntimmy: I did realize I still remember names of some kids I didn't even know well and hadn't thought about for 12 years. While I can't remember the name of one of the guys in my 5-person department at an old job from 4 years ago.

I don't think high school affected me much (middle school and college more so) but the above is true. I remember more shiat and more people form high school than I do from recent jobs


I could name all 200 people in my HS graduating class, but I could not tell you half of my former roommates names from college.
 
2013-01-28 12:22:41 PM

Earguy: A good reason to go away to college, make new friends, earn respect for who you are now rather than get dragged down by the disrespect you earned in high school.  And rarely, if ever, go back.

People like to think they have other people figured out.


Going away to college was good for getting me out of town, but not good for making friends. For the record, I was fairly well-liked, but mostly "off the grid" in high school. Vicious people apparently honed their skills and took them to college. First year of college they made my life hell in a way I never knew in high school.

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2013-01-28 02:34:59 PM
I dropped out of 8th grade and never went to high school.
 
2013-01-28 03:00:55 PM
Eh, I know what they're saying, but I don't really agree. That is, you're trapped in the social awkwardness of high school if you don't try to avoid it, if you believe that you peaked in high school.

But if you've matured at all, you don't believe that and shouldn't act as if you do.

If I was to meet someone from my high school class today (I live a couple hundred miles away from where I went to school), assuming I'd recognize him/her, I would most likely think a) Holy shiat, he's lost a lot of hair/she's gained a lot of weight and b) I can't believe I ever thought these dipshiats were better than me.

Because 99% of all high school students are dipshiats. Yes, including the athletes and their girlfriends. Yes, including the rich kids. And yes, including the stoners.

I wasn't particularly persecuted in high school, but I sure as hell wasn't popular, either. Which I'm fine with.

I assume that all the high school parties I didn't get invited to involved drinking, smoking and awkward farking. Or date rape. Probably a little of both of those last two.
 
2013-01-28 03:02:42 PM
Also, I've been at my current job almost 4 times longer than I was in high school, so that experience has had much more of an effect on me. I view my time in high school as kind of like community service or being on a jury.
 
2013-01-28 03:07:12 PM

Fissile: God Is My Co-Pirate: The thing I'm really grateful for is that we didn't have Facebook back then. So much drama that escaped being permanently recorded.

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Yup. I've tried explaining this to some kids but without any success.

It's tragic when someone who was a high school loser can't get over it. It's even more sad to see someone whose glory days were in high school.

I did learn some important social lessons from my high school days. #1: You know everything you need to know about a person's character based on how they treat people when they don't have to be nice to them.

I never went to a reunion. Not angry or bitter.....I never missed high school. Besides, it wouldn't make me happy to see the cute girls I lusted after all fat and beaten down by life. I prefer to remember them the way they were.....young and fine.


This.
 
2013-01-28 03:33:19 PM
No, some of us aren't trapped in high school. Some of us are so un-trapped that we would never consider attending a HS reunion. HS was not all that. There are about three people from HS that I would ever care to see again. For far too many, HS it the highlight of their lives and the rest of it is a struggle to find meaning.
 
2013-01-28 04:04:25 PM
I recently moved to my hometown to look after my aging father. Being away for 20+ years, living in much larger cities and different parts of the country (Boston, SF, Milwaukee), traveling to 40/50 states and much of Europe and Central America has given me a totally different perspective than the yokels who stayed in our remote part of a rural state. The "cool kids" are also the kids who flunked out of college, never did anything with their lives, and are now crowded into the town's one bar every Friday and Saturday night. The geeks, motorheads, dweebs, and dorks all moved away and now have awesome lives - somewhere else.

I had my time, now I am divorced, caring for an aging parent and living in the sticks. Yes, I am kind of envious. Oh, and off the lawn.
 
2013-01-28 06:08:15 PM
I was quite possibly the shortest male in my high school. Oddly, I never got picked on for it. It did take me a long time to figure out why I couldn't get any dates, though.

The class dreamboat has since turned into the worst kind of drunk imaginable. I found it hard to believe, but he has made an utter and complete mess of his life.
 
2013-01-28 10:37:02 PM
No.
 
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