What are some unspoken social rules of high school?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 24, 2020 05:21 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 24, 2020 05:21 AM

There are many, and I’m sure they differ region to region, but from my perspective in Australian schools:

If you open a snack (chips, gum, chocolate) in front of others, you’re expected to share. If you don’t offer within a second of opening they’ll ask.
Don’t snitch. Ever. No one likes a snitch. As tempting as it may be, refrain at all costs if you don’t want people to hate you. I must admit, I occasionally snitch on people I hate.
If your usual group of friends sees you talking/hanging out with another group, expect a lot of questions. A lot.
Don’t try too hard to be cool. It only makes you look desperate. If certain slang words are not a regular part of your vernacular, don’t say them. The cringe will be all too real if you do.
Don’t discuss politics or religion. Just don’t. It can get very ugly, very fast. In my class one innocent comment can spark a heated argument. This especially applies if you have anything remotely good to say about Donald Trump.
Unless it’s your very best friend, try to avoid telling people what others say about them. This just creates SO many problems and can even get you in trouble. I once did this and I was accused of “instigating” a fight. Ugh, just don’t.
If someone gives you test answers, you are morally obligated to treat them like royalty for at least 24 hours. Show some gratitude.
Don’t try to overthrow school “royalty”. In the natural order of high school, certain ultra-popular students achieve a status akin to royalty, with their friends occupying positions of school nobility. Every school has its own pecking order, and trying to interrupt or overthrow this order cannot end well. In 9/10 cases, you’re going to lose. Badly.
Don’t be a “try-hard”. There’s nothing wrong with being smart, making an effort with your work or having a good relationship with your teachers, but sometimes people take it a little too far. We all know at least one person who devotes their life to academic performance and refers to teachers as their “best friends”. After a certain age, teacher’s pets stop being cute. And by high school, they’re despised.
Be careful what you say and who you say it to. If someone promises to keep what you tell them a secret, chances are their words are meaningless. Having the latest dirt on everyone is a surefire way of gaining popularity, so most would not hesitate to spread around particularly explosive info. Make sure you’re not the latest school scandal.
If someone lends you stationary, they want it back. I don’t even know why this needs to be said but we have a REAL problem with this in my class. When you ask someone if you can borrow a pencil, you are not asking if you can keep it forever.
I hope you enjoyed reading. The ironic part is that I have broken almost all of these on separate occasions, with varying results. I even succeeded at overthrowing school royalty, but that’s a story for another day.

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