We've all seen typical high school moves. There's a new kid in town and they don't know where they fit and often think high school is this complex social circle that defines who you are. Yes, these cliques exist but in modern times, it's not as brutal and isolated as they are depicted in movies and tv shows.
In my experience (so far) of being a student in high school, I was worried about the clique I was associated with because I didn't want people to think I was the geek, the emo, or anything in between. I just wanted to be me. I struggled with that in freshman year. It was almost like an identity crisis. I was going to a brand new school which meant a brand new start and a chance to show people who I really am and where I belong.
I became friends with a bunch of different types of people. The cool kids, the nerds and everyone else. I'm not the type of person that just talks to the same people every day, but I wouldn't say I'm much of a people person. I'm introverted but not shy. It's an ironic combination but it hasn't affected me negatively.
In my school, there are definitely cliques/groups but it's not as stereotypical as you think. Everyone is actually pretty friendly and there's no drama. My years in high school are limited right now and before I head off to college, I want to enjoy the atmosphere as much as I can. The grades above and below me don't seem to have the same relationship as the class of 2020 do in my school.
Do I believe stereotypes still exist? Yes, but there's a limit. Not every popular jock picks on the smart nerd. And it's a great thing that we are breaking that mold.