In Health magazine, actress Lauren Graham was asked how she’d describe her style: “I think it’s D.C. meets California. Growing up [in D.C.], I can remember a girl coming to me and saying, “Do you want to be preppy with me?” And I was like, “Yes.” Back then [in the 1980s], you were disco or preppy.”
When I was in high school, your choices were: socs (pronounced sosh-es), stoners, jocks/cheerleaders, the drama kids, and various types of nerds (debate nerds, computer club nerds, band nerds, mathletes, etc.).
Other labels I’ve heard over the years: punks, neo-mods, goths, gangsters, skaters, emos, and scene kids.
I’ve also heard people say that they were “ghosts” in high school - fitting into no particular group, more or less floating through invisibly. And some people are able to belong to more than one group.
My 15-year-old daughter says there are fewer groups than when I was in high school. She is also far less concerned with popularity than I was.
If you are in high school, is the group you hang out with labelled? Do you think this affects the way you’re treated by other students or teachers? Can people cross from one group to the other? Or do labels not really matter much?
Does what you see in books correspond with real life? For example, in my daughter's old school, the cheerleaders are not very popular, and she never felt books showing everyone sucking up to cheerleaders were accurate.
If you are out of high school, was the group you hung out with then labeled? Did this affect the way you were treated by other students and teachers? Do you feel that your high school label affected your life once you graduated?