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High school

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Oddly Familiar, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. stach

    stach Senior member

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    I prefered college to h/s, maybe because I grew up in the country and it was difficult getting around. I had my own place for college (no parents!) and could do whatever I wanted (heh heh!).
     
  2. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    So what's "paying the price"?

    Being lonely.
     
  3. Goblin

    Goblin Senior member

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    I graduated high school in 1987, when I was 15. My life would have been fucked up at that point anyway, whether or not I'd been advanced two grades in my prior academic career - my home life was absolutely hellish, horrorshow shit. However, I can't say being promoted ahead of my age peers did me any good. It short-circuited my aspirations to baseball and wrestling. I also started drinking and abusing drugs, hard, when I was 12 (my freshman year), and I didn't really stop until 1997. By way of overcompensation, I tried to push everything harder and be more of a "rebel" than other people in my grade, and that started a spiral that lasted for years.

    I did get along with nearly everyone in my high school. I wouldn't say I was popular, but I had friends among the motorheads, the burnouts, the nerds, and the jocks, and only really clashed with some of the more narrow-minded rednecks. I was just another screw-up trying to get through. That said, I was a total spaz, and I'm still embarrassed to talk to anyone who remembers me from back then.

    I still fall off the wagon occasionally - July 2006 was a pretty bad month for me, for instance, and I split up with my wife for two weeks. Long story. Long, bad story. Not just the drinking. Not even *mainly* the drinking. Just bad shit all around.

    So, my high school years fucked me up for life, but less because of high school itself and more because of the other shit going on in my life. My undergrad years were kind of messed up, too, but much more fun. It took me 11 years to get my first BA, after numerous plunges into blissful near-oblivion, but I did have a blast. I hated every second of law school.

    For some reason, my 20th reunion is next month, even though I graduated in 1987. I'd kind of like to go. I bear no grudges. But there really aren't that many people from the class of 1987 with whom I share any special bond - the people I really hung out with, the girls I dated, etc. were mostly from the class of 1989, since they were my age. So I'll probably sit it out, since it's about 1,000 miles away and I haven't been back to my home state in about ten years. Anyone I really want to visit, I'll just visit under other circumstances.
     
  4. dkzzzz

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    If you are American you will be in permanent highschool state of mind for the rest of your life. So, I would not worry about it.
     
  5. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Senior member

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    Mathilda: "Is life always this hard or just when you're a kid?"
    Leon: "Always this hard"
     
  6. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    hmmm... highschool. i went all day and did shit other than what i should have been doing. then i came home and skated till dark....

    wait... thats what i do now, only i get laid more and make money doing it. highschool sucked.
     
  7. JLibourel

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    I went to a very tough, Spartan prep school that made a big deal of rustic, austere living, enduring hardship and discomfort, and there was a lot of corporal punishment.

    A few true stories: A couple of cousins of mine who had been interned by the Japanese in concentration camps during WWII visited the school. They were shocked and said conditions in the Japanese concentration camp were markedly better.

    A boy ran away from school and joined the Marines. He came back to visit and said he liked Marine boot camp better than the school...and this was in 1956, when boot camp was a good deal more brutal than today.

    One time we played the local reform school. They were the guest team. One of the reform school inmates remarked, "Wow, what did you have to do to get sent HERE?"

    Nonetheless, I think it inculcated many good qualities--a brotherhood forged in the community of a shared suffering, an appreciation of hearty manly camaraderie and virile pasttimes and a tremendous contempt for whiners and weaklings. Contempt for women was pretty common mindset as well.

    By and large I was pretty cheerful there--as I am in all but the direst of circumstances--and enjoyed myself there--thought it vastly preferable to going to public school. Nonetheless, I was just as glad to graduate and be out of there.

    Today it has changed very much. They admitted girls in the 1970s. Corporal punishment was ended long before that. Today there is sort of a liberal, eco-hippie ethos that pervades the school that is totally different from my day.
     
  8. MrRogers

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    I went to a real tough prep school in ny and hated every minute of it

    College was ok but I spent much of the time doing the things I never did in HS (read: sex and drugs)

    Getting my masters was kinda fun, mostly kids who graduated from college and had no idea what they wanted to do so they stayed in school

    I'm getting my PhD now and its real serious..statistically a class of 25 will only graduate 5-7 individuals so its alot of pressure in addition to working 2 jobs. I have no doubts ill get through it though.

    MrR
     
  9. aybojs

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    I wnt to an elite, fucking sell yourself for your mother's soul Ivy League school, and I still think Yon% of you prep school types are spoiled pieces of shit. Please, try living a humble means on a Princeton graduate salary. and I, despite being an alumnus, will be impressed.
     
  10. mizanation

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    it's sad if you think high school was the best time of your life. each day gets better and better for me, no lie. [​IMG]
     
  11. Aaron

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    I wnt to an elite, fucking sell yourself for your mother's soul Ivy League school, and I still think Yon% of you prep school types are spoiled pieces of shit. Please, try living a humble means on a Princeton graduate salary. and I, despite being an alumnus, will be impressed.
    Huh?
     
  12. Goblin

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    I wnt to an elite, fucking sell yourself for your mother's soul Ivy League school, and I still think Yon% of you prep school types are spoiled pieces of shit. Please, try living a humble means on a Princeton graduate salary. and I, despite being an alumnus, will be impressed.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. rdawson808

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    I'm getting my PhD now and its real serious..statistically a class of 25 will only graduate 5-7 individuals so its alot of pressure in addition to working 2 jobs. I have no doubts ill get through it though.

    MrR



    Jesus, what field are you in where only 20% of an entering PhD class ever finishes? I would think the number should be more like 80%. Are people coming in without funding and so drop for financial reasons? Or is your dept letting in inferior students to use them as TAs for a couple years, then sending them on their way after failing their comps?

    b
     
  14. Matt

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    high school sucked. College years were fun. A blur, but fun. Years in a US college on foriegn exchange rocked. Changed my life.

    My personal vote for best years of your life are 25-30 (meaning I topped out a couple of months ago).

    Was talking about this with Tom (tiger02) one night, talking about how he kinda missed the 20-25 yrs on army duty. A few of us were around at the time, and we were all like "dont worry about it, the next five are more fun"

    Youre smarter, wealthier, more confident etc etc....

    Yup, 25 thru 30 was fun.
     
  15. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Senior member

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    Pink: All I'm saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life - remind me to kill myself.


    I had an okay time in High School, really nothing compared to college. I went to a very small high school in a dull town with a very cliquey class that cared more about Abercrombie and Fitch than anything else. I hardly talk to anyone from high school anymore, maybe one or two people, all of the really good friends that I know I will remain friends with my whole life were made in college. I had such a good time in college, I stayed every summer just to work on campus during the day and drink all night, much better than HS by far.
     
  16. globetrotter

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    high school sucked. College years were fun. A blur, but fun. Years in a US college on foriegn exchange rocked. Changed my life.

    My personal vote for best years of your life are 25-30 (meaning I topped out a couple of months ago).

    Was talking about this with Tom (tiger02) one night, talking about how he kinda missed the 20-25 yrs on army duty. A few of us were around at the time, and we were all like "dont worry about it, the next five are more fun"

    Youre smarter, wealthier, more confident etc etc....

    Yup, 25 thru 30 was fun.



    yeah, I spent the best years of my life on nightly ambushes and patrols, in clothing that was soaked with sweat, often sleeping on the ground, eating cold food that had been canned years before, literally ever day not sure if I was going to get back from that days activities. honestly, I miss it often, although at the time I didn't think I ever would. but I missed the whole party scene that teenagers and college students enjoy, missed out on drugs (for the most part) had extremly little sex, and very little fun.


    in terms of high school - I still have a half dozen friends from high school. my high school life wasn't fun, but it wasn't too bad, either. I would recomend, however, not rushing out, unless you are going to do somethign worth while - travel, do an internship, take a course you wouldn't normally take, etc. starting universty 6 months early, or a year early, isn't worth it.
     
  17. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Senior member

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    i get laid more and make money doing it.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    I've noticed high schoolers don't appreciate late Dirk Bogarde films or fine vintage items.

    They seem uniformly cheap in their pursuits.


    Their tendency to appreciate EARLY Dirk Bogarde films is, indeed, quite unsettling. [​IMG]

    "He's like, so cool in Simbad but Death in Venice sucked, what a faggot!!"
    "Yeah, whatever..."
     

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