Why I Wasn’t “Popular” In High School

Everyone wants it, the popularity that makes others turn their heads toward your radiating ego as you strut through the halls to get that favorite seat in Home Ec. class. I was one of those and my partial reasoning in joining the 7th Grade Football team was that one desire.

I was a dweeb, a full-blown nerd who enjoyed art and sciences in my elementary years, only to become more so when the transitioning of High School came into perspective. I was known as the “Crazy Lunitic Class Clown”, always trolling teachers and students, causing disruptions in the lunch room, and ultimately…getting sent to the principal and suspended more times than any parent could bear. (To this day, I’m not absolutely sure how I made it through…)

Then BAM–puberty, and I matured into a different being in the years after.

By the time I was in High School, I still had some questionable behavioral antics, but those qualities sparked something within my group of friends. I became what was known as “cool”. I was quiet and whenever something was said it was either witty and funny or outrageously random, giving birth to my most infamous nicknames. I realized that I didn’t want to be popular, I didn’t want the girls to be crawling all over me, or to be the one who was always in the center spotlight. I was already the one who my friends wanted to be around all the time, the one being invited to crazy parties (that wouldn’t attract law enforcement officials…), and no one really hated me…from what I know.

I could still be part of all the nerdy clubs, be a complete science and computer geek, and watch old Spongebob Squarepants episodes without judgement; that was the group I was a part of and to this day people still see me the same, if not more. The cool guy, popular within my own boundaries and not the world’s. Now I’m very much the same, doing what I do best.

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I’d say I’m ready for college, which I won’t try to compete in the popularity contests, but there’s a lot I don’t know about that environment.  It could come unexpected and before I know it, I could be renown within city limits.
After all who would care, we’re in it for the education…right?

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  1. I’m in high school and not interested in getting popular. It’s just useless. Some of those who are popular just abuse it and do nasty things to other students and… they are covered! Never accused as being guilty. That’s not fair. But well…

    • I agree. There’s been too many stories of jocks and other people of high statures commiting crimes or bullying just because of the power that is allocated by the student body. It gets to your head and changes you into something that will eventually push you back to the deepest point in your life or even ruin everything.
      People need to accept individualism and I commend you for not pursuing popularity when all you need to be is yourself.

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