This is a word many people associate with American teenage chick flicks. Countless movies have been made about this. One – with the imaginative name – The clique. This is an old movie in the grand scheme of things but, regardless, I watched it. Now, I come from a school that doesn’t have a big problem with cliques but there is still an underlining whisper of it. I don’t believe that any school doesn’t have cliques but some are worse than others.
Movies perceptive of cliques are nothing like what they really are. You want to make a movie about cliques, you go into a school and people watch. It takes five minutes to work out the ranks. Now it’s nothing so organized as mean girls with their guide to ‘North Shore High’ and when where you sit in the cafeteria is crucial. In my school, if you’re popular, you don’t sit in the cafeteria at all. There is a rule in my school that everyone should eat in the cafeteria and not outside because of litter, but the ‘cool’ ones break that rule and eat, you guessed it, outside. That’s if they eat at all.
Now for my rank. I would never, under any circumstances, call myself popular. Regardless of that, I’m well know enough for people to know my name and have the odd casual conversation with, without it being awkward. I manage to be able to talk to almost everyone and I feel this is the best way. Some, I must admit, act differently if they are on their own or with others from their clique. The popular people that I speak to, on occasional, are always polite and not anything like Regina George although they are nicer when they are on their own.
The cliques in my school are as follows : The popular group, the alternative group, the wanabees, the footballers, the basketball players, the trend setters and my friends and I.
Now, cliques are normal in a school. You’re finding yourself as a person and you’re going to want to go into a group of people who best reflect your own personality. This is when cliques are manageable, they get out of hand when people are treated differently according to their rank. Populars not mixing with the others as it will almost tarnish their credibility.
We all need to take a step back and realise that cliques don’t define you as a person. You are who you choose to be, not who you follow around and not who you hang around with. If anything, you are insulting yourself by putting one label on your personality. Do you really think you could describe yourself, as a person, with one word? A word that reflects every angle of your personality and who you aspire to be. Every single one of us on this world is different. Don’t succumb to societies twisted view of adolescent life by following the rules of what they think is right and wrong. Make your own path and don’t get lost in the open world before you.
Rant over. 🙂