20 Times Your High School Life Was Just An Episode Of 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'

20 Times Your High School Life Was Just An Episode Of 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'

Nothing says teen drama like "Degrassi."
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If you ask anyone, they would say that high school was a weird stage in their life. You're going through puberty, you're mixed in with kids fresh out of middle school and adults ready to graduate, and you have to deal with all that teen drama.

How could you forget the teen drama?

In every high school, there was always the person who got pregnant, the person who failed and didn't graduate, the person who started fights every day, etc. Probably one of the most relatable and real television shows that reflected those moments was "Degrassi: The Next Generation." They talked about real life issues that teens faced then and now.

Here are 20 passing thoughts you probably had as a high schooler as told by "Degrassi":

1. "I hate you, you, oh, and, you!"

2. "I'm not sure if people are being themselves or trying a little too hard"

3. "Ugh, they're fighting again?!"

4. "Ew, why does she think she rules the school?"

5. "I'm not gonna go to class today"

6. "Shouldn't they get dress code?"

7. "It's a new semester, I need a whole new wardrobe."

8. "The new cute guy is sitting next to me, what do I do?"

9. "We have another essay on 'Romeo and Juliet' due?"

10. "Will I ever get into college?"

11. "Oh, they're threatening to cancel the pep rally again?"

12. "I really hope they have pizza at the cafeteria today"

13. "I really don't like my history teacher"

14. "We can pick our partner for this project? YES!"

15. "Did I forget to do my math homework last night?"

16. "Should I try out for the cheerleading team?"

17. "You know what? I'm going to study really hard for my SATs."

18. "My best friend and I will have lockers right next to each other"

19. "What would be my senior superlative?"

20. "I'm pretty sure these aren't the best four years of our lives"

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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How Much Freedom Do We Actually Have?

Lying in a job interview, aiming to be more selfish in 2019 and being fed up with exams

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Whenever I am tired I am very blunt and sincere, to the extent that I come off as rude sometimes. A couple of weeks ago I was in a job interview early in the morning, and the interviewer asked me what my dream was. This being in the middle of the finals season of a very tiring semester, my first thought was not this.

Although I do like studying and reading and find both of my majors extremely interesting, I am not a fan of being pressured. I don't care for the argument that pressure makes you work to the best of your abilities, or that it is a part of life. I don't like being pressured, and during that interview, I realized that my dream was to not be pressured to do anything ever. I want to live a relaxed life: I want to sleep eight hours every night, read books without worrying about memorizing their details for an exam, have time to exercise every day, have time to really talk to my friends and family, simply to have time to do things at my own pace.

Of course, I didn't say this to my interviewer but opted instead to give him a polished and made up answer about how the job I was applying for would help me advance my career and make the world a better place in the process. After the interview though, I kept thinking about why I changed my answer. My conclusion was that my dream made me seem lazy and not particularly driven. Isn't it absurd though, that to want to do things at your own pace makes you seem lazy? That to want time for yourself during such a short life as we have, is seen by many as selfish or the result of lack of motivation?

Up until now, college has been the time in my life in which I got to choose the most aspects of how I live, and I have found this freedom addicting. Isn't it crazy that I find it a privilege to be able to choose the time of my classes and consequently my meals and bedtime?

Another facet of my made-up answer was my desire to make the world a better place. It's not that I don't want to contribute to global progress because I do, but is it so wrong that this isn't my dream? Isn't my dream supposed to be about me? I think that nowadays many people see doing things for yourself, even the smallest things, as selfish. If it is selfish to take time for yourself, to choose to stay a night in watching your favorite T.V. shows instead of going out, or choosing to stop being close to someone that brings you down, I think we should all be selfish. If taking care of myself is selfish, then my goal for 2019 is to be as selfish as possible!

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