10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
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Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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To The Honest High School Seniors, In The Wake Of The College Admissions Scandal

No achievement feels better than one you worked so hard for.

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If you've been on social media lately, then you have definitely heard about the college admissions scandal. The situation involves several large names in Hollywood, most notably Lori Loughlin, and her daughters Bella and Olivia Giannulli. Her youngest daughter, Olivia Jade, makes videos on YouTube and has formed a large following, she is seen as a role model by her younger audience, as the videos she makes cover various topics such as makeup, skin care, vlogs, and most ironically tips for school. Olivia has been known to actively express her dislike towards school and expressed her general disinterest in the idea of going to college in general.

Due to her dismissive attitude, I was surprised when I heard that she was going to be attending as prestigious of a school as USC.

When the news broke earlier last week I was upset and disgusted, both with the actions of the perpetrators and with the actions of the admissions councils. As a college freshman, I know first hand just how stressful the entire college application process is. With the standardized testing, the college essays, the supplemental essays, AP testing, and just filling out the applications, the process is long, draining, and very very stressful. Your entire future seems like its resting in the hands of a complete and total stranger, which it is, but you're supposed to trust that your work will speak for itself, and in turn, trust that the admissions counselor who handles your application, will give you the same chance that every student receives. So, after hearing about this scandal I couldn't imagine the distrust that the seniors applying to colleges must feel.

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Dear high school seniors,

It's come to the point of the school year where you have submitted probably all of your applications and possibly heard back from a couple that are early action or early decision. If you have and you've gotten into your top school, CONGRATULATIONS! but if you're still waiting to hear back (and trust me waiting is the worst part) then this admissions scandal probably did not help the stress of it all.

Although it probably does not directly affect you, it affects how you view college admissions as a whole.

It is understandable that there is a general distrust of college admissions counselors and I am here to tell you that once you've submitted your applications, the only thing that you can do is let your work speak for itself, let your accomplishments show what an asset you would be to that school, and let your application essay emulate parts of your personality that the other parts of the application cannot.

While you do not actually control the fate of your application, you certainly have a say in how you are portrayed on paper, so put your best foot forward, and remember that no achievement feels better, than the one you worked so hard for.

Sincerely,

A second-semester college freshman.

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