By Cindy, age 17, Texas
Sometimes it seems like you only hear "remarks" every day. In the halls, at the cafeteria, during class lectures, and pretty much every second you're at high school. A.m. and p.m. hardly matter when it comes to hearing those rude comments people throw your way - or someone else's.
High school may be all about the remarks, and if you're paying close attention you'll start to notice them every minute of the day. You would think people would get less inventive about what to say, but they don't. It's like a cycle to keep up with, and they immerse themselves in it every day.
So why is everyone constantly judging one another? Why can't they stop for a single minute? What is it that propels people to push and push until they make sure one of their remarks is heard? That I can't answer, as much as I've thought about it. And even as I ponder it, the answer hasn't popped up and I continue hearing the comments.
Just recently I had a presentation and I felt pretty confident, considering that I had every piece of information. From previous experiences with the class, I knew the information mattered more than the decoration, but the concept hardly mattered to other people. So I sat there listening to vague Powerpoints and mostly seeing the decorations people had worked on. Finally, when it was my group's turn to present, it didn't turn out like I had expected it to. It didn't take much to hear the comments about how we were only presenting information. The remarks bothered me and I wondered why people needed to point out something when there was no necessity.
Movies might give you the typical high school scenario with the popular crowd and the football team, but it does give the real message underneath: the remarks are everywhere. People throw them out either intentionally or unintentionally. There's practically no pause in such activity, but it's easier ignoring the comments than paying attention to them. High school will always be the place where people talk on and on, but sometimes it's just a matter of covering other things they're preoccupied with. Sometimes it's easier for people to go on commenting about anything than admitting their own problems. In the end, though, high school (ranging from the private to the public) will probably never change and the remarks will go on, but by not paying attention to them you'll be less frustrated and you can focus more on what you're there to do: get an education that will prepare you for college and your future.