Is High School Bullying Anything Like The Movies?

Is High School Bullying Anything Like The Movies?

I'd much rather endure the bullying from Mean Girls than real High School.

So we have all seen the movies. Whether it is Mean Girls, the High School Musical series, or Easy A, every movie has a similar perception on high school. But here is the real question: Does each high school have a a Sharpay Evans? A Regina George? As crazy as it sounds, some actually do. What is even crazier is your school's Sharpay may be a lot worse than the character in the movies.

I attended West Essex High School, where we had our own Regina Georges. Yes, plural. There was a group of girls who had their own big clique...And then we had our individuals.

When I first entered high school, I was excited for all that lay ahead of me: the new friends, the harder classes, the fun parties, and *ADD MORE* I even got myself into the cheer leading squad, which made me feel more confidant then ever. However, the cheerleaders each were assigned a football player. We each had to bake for our player every week, decorate his house, and design his driveway with slogans like "GO KNIGHTS!" or "TOUCHDOWN!"

One night we were assigned to make our football players a poster. (To omit his name, let us call my football player "Greg"). I decided to deck mine out with glitter, sparkles and pop up letters! I was really proud of my poster so I sent a picture to my friend. Unexpectedly, she responded "you loooooove him!" I responded that I was confused on what she was saying, and my friend proceeded to tell me that Greg's friend group starting a rumor that I had a whopping crush on him. To make matters worse, his girlfriend's friend group further spread the rumor by adding it to group chats left and right. I was mortified. Not only did I have zero interest in Greg, but I had a fling going with a senior boy (let's call him Chris) that I really liked. He texted me the next day saying "I don't want to see you anymore, you can go hangout with Greg." Now I was not only mortified, but also devastated.

The upcoming Friday arrived, and we had a big football game with a rival team. Good I thought. This will take my mind off of everything. Sure enough, it did - until I was smiling and cheering for our team when I looked up to find my mom in the stands. Instead of seeing my mom's bright face, I saw a girl from Greg's girlfriend's friend group. (Her name is Marissa. I personally don't believe bullies should have the opportunity to have their names omitted). Marissa looked me dead in the eye and gave me the middle finger while her friends around her laughed and giggled at the disgusting gesture.

A few months passed by, and the rumors began to blow over. I hadn't talked to Chris, I stopped cheer leading to avoid Greg, and Marissa still gave me nasty looks in the hallway when she walked by with her army of mean girls.

Bullying in High School now a days isn't about shoving people into lockers or throwing lunch trays at each other. Theres no girls making fun of you to your face - it's all behind your back now. Bullying is through group chats, twitter and screenshots. People are going to call you names and some people will hate you. However, just remember this: Roses are beautiful, but not everyone likes roses.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.


It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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