I'm The Girl That Enjoyed High School

I'm The Girl That Enjoyed High School

Not many can relate, but your high school years gave you some of the fondest memories.

I’m the girl that cried on her first day of high school, afraid of the unknown and the crowded atmosphere. Little did I know that high school would hold so many memories and traditions that I will never forget. No matter where your high school experience took place, there are a few common memories we all share.

Friday Night Lights
The thrill of watching the boys you know put up a fight every single Friday night is irreplaceable. Each of our schools had its specific song to get the crowd and football players hyped. And that song will forever be in your heart. For my EUR, it was “Hell’s Bells,” and often times, it still brings me chills to this day.

A set routine gave you sanity.
You got to school about 10 minutes before school started, went through your schedule of classes, and at the end of the day, you knew that you had to hustle to the locker rooms to change for your sports practice. You couldn’t imagine your life outside of school being anything but being filled with your sporting events and homework.

You took great pride in where you went to school.
To this day, you are not ashamed to yell chants when you see someone from high school in public. You still give your high school friends a sincere greeting when you run into them randomly. You will never forget your school colors, mascot, or the atmosphere your entire school came together to create. You were not scared or embarrassed to wear your school colors from head to toe because of how much you loved that place.

Spirit weeks: If you didn’t dress up, did your attendance actually count?
Dressing up for spirit week was not a question. You searched around your house for the most epic outfit you could possibly put together within such a short notice of what theme was planned for each day. Occasionally, you had to make a run to Savers or Goodwill, but it was all a part of the greatest and most involved tradition of your high school career. If you were the most determined and put forth extraordinary effort, you received the title of “Spirit King/Queen.” Honestly though, if you didn’t look goofy, were you really doing it right?

The Powderpuff football game was fun, but the guys being the cheerleaders/dance team was even better.
Yes, we, girls, know that football is not our specialty. However, the halftime show with a dance/cheer performance by the guys was the highlight of the night. I bet they surprised themselves with how well they could do jump toe touches because they get so high off of the ground. It was absolutely hilarious to watch.

Homecoming, your first high school dance even though it was the lamest of all of them.
Freshmen year, you tried extremely hard to look good because you didn’t know what to expect. However, as the years went on, you kept on getting more and more casual with the way your dressed and presented yourself. And somehow, the music choice kept getting worse, too. You found yourself leaving this dance earlier and earlier each year.

Everyone always looked forward to prom because of the fine dining.
As a girl, getting to wear a long dress for the first time was exciting, but I think most people were just excited because we actually got served dinner. No matter how hard we all try to look classy, we will take food in any situation. Prom was just better all around: better music, better venue, and better people (prom was exclusive to only upperclassmen).

Senior nights were bittersweet.
You were ready to move onto the next chapter, but at the same time, you knew you had to leave your beloved team behind. And that broke your heart. To this day, I still think back to the days I lived and breathed cheer. 6:30 AM practices were always a struggle, but they were all part of the experience. And it was an experience I would never change for the world.

High school “lasts” were heartbreaking.
You always wanted to end on a good note, whether it was your last sports game, your last grade for a class (anxiously awaiting to see if you got that A, so you could exempt the final), your last walk through the hallway, or ultimately, your last day as a part of that school.

No matter where you are today, your high school will always be a part of you. You carry a piece of it in your heart wherever you go.

As they say in High School Musical, “Once a wildcat, always a wildcat!”

Cover Image Credit: Megan Sutton

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend


Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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