A little follow up post to high school hierarchy.
I guess I need to explain what I meant with the “laughing at freshman” comment. Freshman hazing is a bit different in my school. Laughing at freshman is literally as far as it goes. No one, at least in my social circle (which is the entire school, only about 300 kids) is out right rude to the freshman just because they are freshman. Now kids are still mean to each other sometimes but they have other reasons. Whether they have good reasons or not, I cannot say.
Even though I went to a small and comfortable school I was not excused from freshman hazing. You see I play sports for a different high school, because my science academy does not have any sports. The school that I play soccer for is a little different.
My freshman year soccer experience:
- Thrown in the showers by seniors fully clothed and had to go to practice soaked. (I made sure they saw me laugh it off though, but it was cold outside so it still sucked.)
- Constantly got illegal cheap shots through out drills and scrimmages during practice.
- Threatened with physical violence simply because I was a freshman.
- Verbally harassed.
This went on throughout the season, but towards the end it got better. Thankfully the next year the upperclassmen that caused me grief quit the team.
Elles is right about everything she said, especially the part about telling the dean/principal if you are getting harassed. My advice is not to get so caught up in the meaninglessness of the high school hierarchy. You do not have to play that game. And for the record your high school years are not supposed to be “the best years of your life.” One of my sports coaches once told me that I should make my high school sporting career count, because these four years are the best years of my life. That’s when I decided that I would not allow my life to become so pathetic. I intend to make much more of myself. Thanks coach!
Thanks for a great post, Elles, it’s nice to know that we have the Martin Luther King Jr. of underclassman on Teen Skepchick.