The Unhealthy Social Hierarchy Of High School And Small Colleges
Start writing a post
Student Life

The Unhealthy Social Hierarchy Of High School And Small Colleges

Something That Goes to Nothing

The Unhealthy Social Hierarchy Of High School And Small Colleges
Next Web

When you put a bunch of people together in one place, great things are not always bound to happen. In this particular place, people are socialized together as they continue to develop into becoming adults. When bound together, a natural socialization process occurs. This process is known as the social hierarchy and it is especially prominent in high schools and sometimes small colleges across the nation.

I can honestly say I hated high school. Not because of the school part or because of the vast array of experiences I was able to indulge in through my four years of high school. Rather, the social aspect is what really ruined it.

This is because of the unhealthy social hierarchy that is so prominent at these schools across the nation. You spend four years thinking you are either on top or at the bottom just because of your place on this hierarchy. But this was only to find out that this hierarchy didn't matter beyond high school and all those friends you made really don't matter as much as you thought--unless you went to a small college. Then, this hierarchy continued.

I couldn't wait to get out of high school for this reason. I knew the people that prided themselves so much on their social status alone wouldn't have anything to brag about beyond high school. The problem was, I decided to go to a small school.

Small schools like to advertise no matter how true it is that they are a "community." This is only true to a certain extent. The problem is that small schools are usually small enough to the point where everyone knows of you, but everyone does not know you. While this makes it comfortable transitioning from high school to college, it also kills the experience a little bit.

When people get to college, they often expect an elysium. They think everything is going to be perfect now that they are away from their high school. They think that everything will turn out exactly as the desperate admissions counselors tell them it will. But it just isn't.

A social hierarchy still exists in college. This rings true across big and small campuses. Though, it is particularly prominent on small campuses. On a small campus, you still receive the vibes that people want to escape the horrific social structure of high school. However, it inevitably still exists.

Hundreds of people still go around putting on a bravado that will help them become friends with the "coolest" people on campus. When everyone knows each other, you have to befriend the coolest people so your reputation doesn't go to crap. Right? You have to get a bid from the frat that drinks the most or the sorority that can get into parties with the frat that drinks the most. You can't be focused on your education because who needs that when you can sit around and do nothing, right? You can't be focused on that paper that is due tomorrow because "Saturdays are for the boys," right? You should always act like you don't give a f*** just to please your peers, right?


That's right. Even in college where you are basically spending four years planning for the future does this not ring true.

Instead, find your niche and make an attempt to grow as a person. You will not grow by sucking into the social hierarchy for another four years. Rather, focus on developing lifelong friendships that will actually mean something past college.

So don't worry about the elitist social structure at your tiny school. It won't mean anything what those 1500 people thought of you when you walk into that job interview.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

Is God Reckless?

First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town

Whether you admit it or not, that tiny town will always have your heart.

The Odyssey

1. You still talk to people that you went to elementary school with.

These are the people you grew up with and the people you graduated high school with. The faces you see in kindergarten are the same faces you’ll see for the rest of your life.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

150 Words For Anyone Who Loves Football Games

Why I love high school football games, even though I don't like football.

Dallas News

When most think of high school they think of friend drama, parties, getting your drivers license, and best of all foot ball games.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Greatest Speeches In Modern American History

The United States is a relatively infantile nation, but its legacy of spoken rhetoric is one of the richest in the world.


Rhetoric, in all its forms, arrives under the scrutiny of historians both for its historical impact and literary value. Dozens of speeches have either rallied the nation together or driven it drastically apart –– the impact of speeches in politics, social movements, and wars is undeniable.

Keep Reading... Show less

What If The U.N. Actually United The Nations?

This is me taking a break from being cynical and imagining how the world could be one day.


By now, people are probably sick of hearing me talk about myself, so I’m changing it up this week. In keeping with the subject of my J-Term class, I’m asking myself a political what-if question. What if we could create a sovereign global government firmly grounded in justice that could actually adjudicate Earth’s many disparate nation-states into one unified world government?

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments