I wasn’t a bad student at all. From as early as kindergarten I remember every single classroom I had being divided into two groups: “The Smart Kids” and “The Bad Kids”. Once you were marked, it seemed like a mark for life. It was carried with you even when you graduated onto the next school. I was one of the “smarties” which meant that teachers listened to me when I spoke, they trusted me, they gave me extra help, and great recommendations because they believed that I was going to go somewhere. Anyone who was labelled “bad” was essentially ignored, forgotten, and nothing was expected of them. It was so completely obvious to me how screwed up the system was that I became pretty indifferent to it.
I decided to give up on the school system. Still, school was always easy for me.
Once I knew the teachers trusted me and that all I had to do was hand in my assignments, I stopped going. I’d be absent for weeks at a time and still manage to get As. I actually graduated eighth in my class and I went to school HALF the time. Yeah, I put in the work, but I didn’t put in any effort. I shouldn’t have been able to get by so easily. Why didn’t anyone call my parents when I decided to take a two-week vacation?
Even though I got away with it, I’m not encouraging anyone to skip school as much as I did. The truth is you miss out on a lot. A lot of social stuff. You miss out on making memories. You miss out on inside jokes. You miss out on the teachers you actually do like. I barely remember my senior year, which could have very well been epic. I didn’t go to my senior trip, which I hear actually WAS epic.
I thought that by avoiding school I was avoiding all of the negative things about it. The people I didn’t like, the teachers who were just bad, the repetitive classwork–I just couldn’t stand any of it by junior year. The truth is though, I was inadvertently avoiding all of the things I really liked, like Debate Club which basically fell a part because I was supposed to be the group leader. I was genuinely devastated to see it slowly dissolve into nonexistence.
I missed out on passing notes with my friends, all the fun electives you take after you have your core credits (yoga!), bake sales, senior week–all the fun things you get to do when you’re a senior and you rule the school. I’ll just never have those memories.
Even though some of it can feel like CRAP, school is important. It gives you life experience and if you’re lucky you’ll get a decent education. Though drama may be annoying and the information may not seem useful, trust me, you’ll regret it if you never show up.
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