You’re the popular kid in school. Even if you actually never are/were, just go with me here. So, you’re the popular kid in school. Everyone wants to be around you, for whatever reason. Maybe it’s your charms, or your looks, or your parent’s money. Maybe you’re super smart, or are the leader of the theater geeks. Maybe you married into it by dating the hottest guy/girl in the school. Maybe its two, three, all of those reasons, but for whatever reason, you’re popular. So, why is your popularity completely worthless?
G’Day Mates! Cam Lev the dream crusher here: let’s talk about school. Whether it was the glory days that are now far behind you, or simply a stepping stone to something better, almost everyone in the world has memories of a public education experience, good or bad. Regardless, if you’ve ever been to school, you know two things: one, school (high school and college in particular) has a well-defined, feudalist social structure, and two: school is its own world. If you haven’t picked up on this already, whether you’re in school now or have come to pass this experience, please take this article as a PSA for your future. Schools put out a bad aura that traps the students and staff in a manufactured culture that is hard to escape from if you get caught up in drama easily, or have no life outside of your education. If you try to work your way up here, you’ll be disappointed. For this article, I'll be explaining why exactly almost everything you do in school is worthless, and how you can better spend/could have better spent your time trapped behind those walls.
School: A Bad Phone Plan
The best way to think about school is to compare it to bad cell phone plan. Most cell phone plans are based off of minutes, that is, the minutes you’re allowed to talk on the phone for a specific plan before being forced to pay additional fees. Depending on the quality of the phone plan, these minutes may either carryover, or not. If they do carryover, and that means any minutes you didn’t talk from the previous period count during the next one. School, specifically high school and college, is a bad phone plan for this reason, because your minutes don’t carry over, at all. Any reputation or prestige you earn during your four to eight years here, depending on the school, is completely worthless. It’s like trying to play a game of Monopoly where one of the rules is resetting the board every 30 minutes: it’s just not worth the fight. Out of your multitude of friends, you may get to keep one or two, and once you get to college, your GPA has no value. Unless are going to the pros, anytime you’ve spent playing sports will also meet the same fate. That’s not to say school’s a complete waste of time, however, but we’ll get to that a bit later.
Next off, you have clubs, clubs, and clubs galore! Depending on the school you go to you may have just a few, or upwards of 50 different choices to spend your time with. Besides sports teams of all different kinds of, and any drama or music clubs that are often present, there’s still plenty more things to choose from, including chess club, a ton of different service clubs, history club, quiz bowl, film club, national honor Society, science club, model UN, book club, the list goes on. However, don’t get caught up into many if you know it’s good for you. There’s one thing that all clubs are good at doing, and that’s taking up time. Even if you’re in just one or two, that can suck up hours of time each week, not to mention if you’re in more than that. Once you cross over five, you might as well kiss your entire social life goodbye. If you have no social life, that means you have no room for entertainment, spending time with your friends, building your social skills, or time to think about what you do in the future, which is not good (believe it or not). However, once again, that’s not to say all clubs are bad of course, but we’ll get to that near the end of the letter.
Every Musical Ever
If you know anything about musicals, you’re probably familiar with the fact that most of them take place during high school: its popular topic to set them in, because most people had those experiences before. Anywhere from Grease to Hairspray, to High School Musical itself, there are no doubt a few with high school as a central theme. It’s because of this that we often think to romanticize the experience as “the glory days” or “the living years”, or “the summer of [year]”, or other similar catchphrases that get turned into songs. However, it’s because of this that we often forget these “glory days” are less than a 10th, if not a 20th of your life, considering that most people are talking about high school, which is four years, and the average person lives for at least 40, to an upwards of 80 and 90. Sure, 4 years is still 4 years, and you should use it to the best of your ability, just don’t use it all up getting the girl like Danny Zuko, or writing songs about it like Bruce Springsteen.
The Popular Kid: Stop Calling Yourself That
Going back to where we started, you’re the popular kid, but, as we’ve been discussing for quite some time now, you’re actually not, so, stop calling yourself that. Just think about it, is it actually true? What have you done to become so popular? More often than not, it’s because you did something a long time ago back during the days of your youth that, for some reason, all your classmates still equate to popularity. Unless you’ve actually done something to become popular in the real world, like write a book, or blog, or start a YouTube channel, then you popularity only exists inside high school. Using the bad phone plan analogy, it’s completely worthless.
The Unpopular Kid: Stop Calling Yourself That
There’s the rich and the poor, and there’s the popular and the unpopular. You’ve gotten the short end of the stick, and are considered to be unpopular among your classmates, but really, what have you done to deserve such a title? Is it because they are too busy gawking at the person above, the popular kid, to notice that you are there? If that’s the case; it’s just simply not true: you haven’t done anything to deserve the title. If you’re not popular, then most people immediately assume that your unpopular, however, those two words are not opposites. The opposite of popular is “not popular”, unpopular means a completely different thing. So, if no one gives you any attention, instead of just sulking and assuming people think the worst of you, who cares? I would advise you to think towards the long-term, your future, and not just about what the popular kids want, whose ‘glory days’ will be long past them soon enough.
How You Can Better Spend your Time
So, if you’re still in school, that means that not all hope is been lost yet: you still have a chance to redeem yourself, and get out of this negative feedback loop, but what will you need to do? The easiest way to do this is to stop worrying about your popularity, and your reputation, because once again, it’s meaningless in the end. Instead, focus on your classes, but most importantly, the things you learn in your classes. Like I said before, the grade itself is a irrelevant to your future, but the knowledge you learn each year in class is (see one of my earlier articles, The Importance of Education). If you have the knowledge, good grades will surely follow. Next up, don’t join so many clubs. Stick to 1 to 2 that you’re interested in, that way you still have something for your resume, and are still building up some skills, but you don’t get overwhelmed to easily, and have enough time to develop a social life. Lastly, get off the whole popular/unpopular thing, and stop romanticizing high school, you need to take it for what it is: a place to learn, not a place to waste your time with distractions.
So, In Short
The American education experience in particular has become especially prone to over specialization by many, when it doesn’t deserve it. A lot of people think high school is the most important part of your life, but a simple look into how it works, both socially and on paper, reveals that it’s just a stepping stone to something better. Instead of wasting your time with frivolous stuff, like reputation and clubs, focus more on what you’re learning, and how you can use it to get popular in the real world.
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