Break the mold and remember forgotten friends

Break the mold and remember forgotten friends

By Jolyn Garcia Posted May 30, 2012

Most high schools are separated into social groups. Among these groups are the jocks, the brains, punks, the trouble-makers and the misfits. The way these groups act toward each other could make one think that they are as different as a cat is from a dog. This is only partially true.

There once was a time when these groups did not exist. That time is also known as elementary school. If you were in the same grade and class as someone else, you were considered friends. Young children are known to be honest and accepting. This is probably the reason why these social groups did not exist at this time. As we grew up we began to notice major differences in our peers. As our interests differed, we segregated ourselves into groups, forgetting the friendships we had once had.

By the time we reach high school we are already set in our social status and only associate ourselves with certain people. I don’t understand why it would be such a crime to just walk away from the letterman’s jackets, if only for a moment, and talk to someone with brightly colored hair and skinny jeans. Why doesn’t someone step off of the smoker’s corner and into the study circle, even if it is just to say “hey”?

The students in the movie “The Breakfast Club” were forced to write an essay about who they are. They put it in simple terms: “What do you care? You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as: a brain, an athlete, a basket case, princess, and a criminal.”

We are not that different from one another. Many of us are trying to get passing grades and stay awake during the history lecture. Why do we have to make the days we have here such a struggle with the social standings lingering all around us? Forget where you are, just for a moment, and try to think, “How many friends have I forgotten about?”

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