Okay, hey guys, I know this is not Chapter 2.19 (did I just deflate your hopes? Probably not…) but I have a question. My friend Xinxin Moon and I were musing over this super interesting question today: are American high schools like the ones we read in teen novels? 🐶
I know, such an intriguing question. But the thing is, high school in New Zealand is soooo different from the ones we read in American novels. Xinxin and I were walking home from school and we were wondering: is everything that is said in these popular novels true? Is there all these jock/popular/nerd/rebel cliques? Is there that one queen bee who dates the football captain (or whatever you call him) and has lots of airhead followers, prancing around the school and acting like she is, yes, queen? We were really curious because if so, it is extremely different from how Kiwi high schools run. Well, our school anyways. Anyways, we were chewing over this question and I realised that I do know some people that could help answer this: my awesome readers! As I understand, some of you live in the States and I assume you have been/are going to high school there as well.
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I know I may be coming off as ignorant but remember, I live halfway across the world from the U.S and have never been there. I am seriously curious about school life there, and I think it seems pretty cool, albiet strange, according to what I have read about it. In fact, Generation Three’s theme will be based on the classic ‘movie’ idea of high school- cliques, parties, prom, and of course, boy drama. 😛
If you could answer these following questions, it would be epic. You don’t have to since I do have a lot of them. It won’t change my plan for the next generation, but I just really want to know what American high schools are like!
- Do cliques exist? Are there seriously all these goth, computer geeks, nerds, jocks and the mean girls? In my school, there are no distinct groups except for the smart people and the airhead stupid people, and even then you cannot tell if someone is a nerd or not. We certainly do not have jocks. 😐
- Is there that mean, queen-of-the school girl that I talked about earlier? All the books I read seem to always have this one beautiful girl who is surrounded by shallow-minded girls and popular boys alike, who evilly bullies, shames and laughs at a poor nerd in public. I hope this isn’t true. Here, there is no one like that at all. The popularity of someone depends on how funny, charming and nice they are to everyone (of course, looks help). There are several popular people in my class, which is the top of my year, so they would count as nerds. Also, each year -or grade- kinda sticks to themselves and there is no school King/queen, nope.
- Is there lockers? I know this is weird but in New Zealand, we carry everything around in a backpack to each class. The concept of a locker sounds so cool. Decorating it would be real fun in my thoughts.
- WHAT THE HELL IS A HOMECOMING DANCE. WHY DO THE BOOKS ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE LIKE FOUR DANCES A YEAR. We only have one. It’s the school ball which only Year 12’s and 13’s can attend. I think that’s 11th and 12th grade? I don’t really know haha. Also, I always read freshmen/sophomore in books and I was rather confused till Google came to my rescue. I’m fairly sure I’m a sophomore? These weird names… 😕
- Do you have cafeterias? Like the ones were you all get served by lunch ladies in a big hall and have all these tables to sit with your friends. We have a tuck shop and that’s a seperate little building, which operates like a stationary food truck. We buy snacks and go off to different parts of the school. Our school is a collection of individual one/two storey buildings, scattered around big garden-spotted grounds, instead of a single building by the way… 🍩
- Is there uniform? We have it. Sometimes our school has ‘Mufti Days’ where people can come in their normal clothes, with a donation, as a fundraiser. Lol. 😎
I think I have more questions but I have forgotten since I am sleepy. Thanks for reading through and hopefully killing or confirming my images of American schools. As I said, the third generation will be focused on this and I am really excited because it will be good, teenagery fun. It’s going to be a refreshing change from the dark, mysterious tone of Briar’s generation. Lastly, in the summer holidays, I will be starting The Faraway City Lights, the dystopian story I was talking about a while ago. I am super hyped for this 😊
The next post will definitely be 2.19, don’t worry. Ooh, just realised this is my 50th post on this blog. Anyways, here is an adorable picture of a Pusheen Cafe to brighten your day!