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Dear Poll: Do You Look Back on High School With Fond Memories or Frustration?

Now that Labor Day weekend is over, the back-to-school wave is underway. And even if you’re not headed back to academia, you can’t miss the change in the air as lifestyles shift from Summer to Fall. For some, this time can bring on a wave of nostalgia, while others shudder at the thought of walking back into a classroom.

For obvious reasons, high school seems to be the most polarizing of school years, with experiences ranging from gleeful to painfully awkward so where do your feelings about high school fall?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i did not like my high school years. i wasn't attractive and i wasn't confident and i kind of wish that i could go back and do it over. granted i think that my experiences then made me into what i am now - it's still not something that i'd like to think about too much. my reunion was this past november and there was NO way that i was going to go
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
I just graduated HS in May and am very thankful. They were some of the worst years of my life.
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
I can look back and laugh now, but at the time it wasn't extremely great. I mean I had friends but my school was so small so the people and gossip got old really fast. I never really cared to talk about other people and be a bitch constantly and follow the trends. College is so much better, even though I met my 'life long friends' in high school.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
HS was such a long time ago! Fondly I guess... not great, not bad..
Cider-Morten Cider-Morten 8 years
I loved High School, so I wouldn't mind doing it all over again.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I look back fondly. My 20 yr reunion is next year and I'm curious to see how my classmates are doing.
krrn krrn 8 years
i loved high school so much. at the time, i couldn't wait to graduate and start college but i did not have a great experience in college. i spent most of it depressed and angry and feeling lost. it wasn't what i had expected at all. looking back on high school and all the amazing friends and fun i had, i sometimes wish i could go back. the freedom of college is great and i think it is easier to make friends in college but i did so much better in high school.
bbkf bbkf 8 years
I had a lot of fun in high school. I was much more free to do whatever I wanted then as opposed to college and adult life. It wasn't the very best time of my life, but I will always have great memories.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
I loved high school too, especially the last two years, when I was in the IB Diploma programme. I really had fun at school, I loved the classes, I had great friends, I finally started loosing was great, even despite the constant sleep deprivation. I wish I could go back to those days. College sucks in comparison, as does job finding, and adulthood and responsibility in general.
Red315 Red315 8 years
I loved high school and would go back this instant and do it all over again if I could! I mean sure there were bad days and bad friends, but overall I wouldn't trade those days for anything! I wish life was that fun and simple again!!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Hated. I always felt so alone because people rave about how awesome it was. Reading this from you guys makes me feel better. College was such a wonderful time of learning and growing. HS was just a place where you were pigeonholed into being what you'd been for the last 12 years. You couldn't pay me to go back.
joesbabygirl joesbabygirl 8 years
Hated HS! Dont even want to talk about it. :(
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Jude said: "I have a few fond memories, but for the most part remembering high school puts me in a state of rage and pain." and that exactly sums up my experience as well.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I hated high school. I had no confidence in myself at all therefor I could do nothing and feel proud of myself. I lost my best friend because she kept threatening to kill herself. After that, I didn't have any friends. I just wish that I could go back to myself and tell me how wonderful I am.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
No way would I ever want to repeat high school but I would not say it was horrible. I was shy and didn't participate in many school activities but I had my set group of friends. I have a lot of terrible memories from high school that I wish I could erase but I can't. I have no plans to go to any high school reunions. It is in the past and I have moved on and do not wish to relive any of it.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Ditto for me Lovely about the 'rents! HS was miserable, at the time I didn't realize how miserable but looking back I just cringe - uggghhhh!!!! Too many bad decisions, bad friendships . . ugghhhhh!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
High school was fun :) I enjoyed being around all my friends and having minimul responsibilities! The only thing: I wish my parents let me chill with my friend more! I missed out on a lot :(
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
For me, High School wasn't completely horrible, but it wasn't the best years of my life either. I spent my first two years in an overpopulated public school, but made some really great friends that I am still friends with now. Then I transferred to a small Catholic School and enjoyed my final 2 years with less drama and less people!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i absolutely loved high school! back to school time is always exciting, even though this is my second year not returning! damn the real world!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I don't think of high school as my "glory days" (I hope my glory days are yet to come!) but I had fun in high school.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
High school was a blast! I definitely don't think of them as my "glory days", but I had a lot of fun and there are a lot of great memories.
wambalus wambalus 8 years
High school was the most unhappy time of my life. Apart from having trouble making really close friends at school (most of my friends were from outside school but I didn't see them regularly), I struggled with depression and self-harm. I felt like I did not belong and didn't want to either. Perhaps my move overseas was an attempt to divorce myself from that - now that I am a 'foreigner', difference is a point of conversation, not of isolation. My university life and post-university life has been much more fulfilling.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
Buh, high school was one bad relationship after another. Wouldnt do it any other way though.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Oh and I was bullied pretty hardcore by the people who I am probably going to assessing for parental suitability when I qualify as a social worker. Ha ha ha.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I hated high school. I have two seperate facebook accounts - one for my current name and one for my pre-2001 name (i.e. before I got married and the name people knew me by at school) and the contrast between the two accounts is ASTONISHING. Nearly everybody on my high school facebook account is engaged, married, has at least one kid and works as an electrician/some manual labour job/admin job and hardly any have gone to University. On my other account pretty much everybody I met whilst at University and they are at the same stage in life as me. Hardly any are married, definitely hardly any children and the majority are very career focused. It's totally bizarre but it just goes to show I really DIDN'T fit in at school. ;p
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