High school stereotypes, cliques and misfits? Not in University

In the famous words of Kanye West – “ain’t nobody messing with my clique”. I tend to find that whatever the subject or story in life, Kanye West, being the lyrical genius that he is, has the right song for it.

I have just finished watching the film The Breakfast Club. For those of you who are not aware of the epic film, here is a brief, spoiler-free summary of what it is about:

“The storyline follows five teenagers (each a member of a different high school clique) as they spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all deeper than their respective stereotypes. 

Critically, it is considered to be one of the greatest high school films of all time, as well as one of Hughes’ most memorable and recognizable works”

(From Wikipedia)

Alongside being considered one of the greatest high school films ever, IMDb has the film ranked a solid 7.9 out of 10. So if you haven’t seen it, then I strongly recommend you watch it.

After watching the film, it got me thinking. How is the social life at university, as in the types of people, constructed?

In university, everyone is a misfit. That is what makes us so special.

I remember a time years ago in school when everyone had to be and act the same around everyone or else you would be branded a loser. In university, and in life as you get older, it’s the difference within you which makes you special. Being unique is what makes you great and you will have absolutely no trouble fitting in, since everyone in higher education comes from all walks of life.

There’s no such thing as a jock, a lad, a geek, a loser, a princess or even a popular guy. Everyone is deeper than whatever stereotypes they are slapped upon by other people. I’m not saying that everyone is amazing and nice and non-cliché, but university is an environment where people don’t care about reputation or credibility, but if you are a decent person in general.

I went to school in an extremely rough area of London. I thought I would meet people who would be snobbish, rude and arrogant with my background. So far, I have been proven wrong. I have met so many great people thanks to the societies, my course mates and the people I have lived with in the past two years. We are all different, and that what makes us get along well.

I would say some of the friends I have made at university are my friends for life; they are more of a friend than people I have known back home from high school.

I want to end this entry with my favourite quote from The Breakfast Club: “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”


P.S: Apologies to southerners who are reading my blog and wondering why I have said high school. We call it secondary school and that is what I have always called it. But I thought it would be easier to use the term high school anyway. Southern England ftw!

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