The truth about high school “Cliques”
By: Alison Galat
The average teens strive to fit in. From buying Rainbows or a North Face jacket, they
seem to feel that the newest or most expensive clothes will allow a quick ticket into the
“In Crowd,” the most popular group of people in school.
At every school there's a high profile clique, often referred to as the popular kids. The
popular cliques can be middle school, high school, or any type of teen cliques. These
cliques give any type of clique a bad name. Teenagers with the high end clothes from
Abercrombie and Pac Sun seem to be the ones who rule the school. These are the ones
who seem to thrive off of being cruel and demeaning any one or any group they feel is
But that is not always the case. Not everyone popular kid is a jerk wait to strike.
“My best friend is a part of the popular kids, and I’m not but she still sticks up for me
and hangs out with me even when they’re around,” Sophomore Olivia McCanomn said.
Social classes shape the teen world today and eventually impact the world of tomorrow.
The rich often look down on the poor as being somehow inferior or the president of a
company put treats his or her employees more like personal servants than employees and
a lot of those attitudes are developed in high school. A lot of the behavior traits
developed in high school will show a lot of how we will be in the real world.
Movies and television often depict the tension between groups. Popular younger teen
shows like Degrassi or more mature shows like Gossip Girls attempt to show teen’s in
their natural social environment. They are often brutally accurate.
The problem is those traits may work at a high school level where everything is more
concentrated but in the real world those teen traits that might make someone popular may
Students who spend a majority of their time climbing the social teen ladder may find
themselves sacrificing grades and long term plans in order to maintain a temporary social
status. With the look of employment changing because workers no longer expect to work
their way up through a company, many companies rely on the right educational
background instead of hiring from within.
A question to consider is “Who do I want to become? Do I want to be 30 and still
wishing I hadn’t given up on my grades to be cool? Do I want to continue being someone
the world doesn’t know?”