The movies don't always get it right

Alexis Boyages, Assistant Editor in Chief

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     I never fit into the Hudson mold — still don’t. For a long time, I thought that if I fit in with everyone around me, high school would end up being how it is portrayed in the movies.

    The movies make it seem like high school includes some of the best years of a person’s life. It only gets worse after that. You make friends for life, get a perfect 4.0 GPA and go off to an Ivy League school where you wish you could go back to high school, even if it’s just for one day.

    Unfortunately, the movies forget to mention how judgmental people can be. They also forget to add in the part about pulling multiple all-nighters to finish a research paper or a project and that crazy thing called stress, which seems as if it will never go away until you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. The movies don’t talk about all of the hard work that goes into being a high schooler, they just focus on what would make the experience perfect. But it’s not perfect; it never will be. And that is something I didn’t figure out for a long time.

    Overall, my high school years were tough. I wanted everything to be perfect, just as the movies had promised. I begged my parents to get me the right clothes, shoes and backpacks because that’s what everyone else had. I didn’t want to stand out or be different or unique. I wanted to be the same, to be a carbon copy of the girl next to me. To me, that was how high school was supposed to be. To be able to get the friends and the grades and all the perfection, it was essential that I fit in. But, what I realized two years later was that I was acting like Cinderella’s stepsisters and the glass slipper. No matter how hard they tried, they would never have been able to put on the glass slipper. It just didn’t fit. The same idea applies to the Hudson mold; I just didn’t fit.

    The idea of not fitting in scared me. I was afraid of what people would say if I tried something new, but when I finally worked up the courage to do something out of the ordinary, I started to realize that what really matters is how I feel about myself. I began to love the person that I am, and I surrounded myself with people who love me as I am, too. And that changed everything for me.

    It is easy to complain about all of the things that didn’t make my four years at HHS “perfect,” per se. It’s always easier to talk about the things you didn’t get as opposed to the things that you have been given. Even though my high school experience wasn’t perfect, my education at Hudson gave me the opportunity to go college with a scholarship and made me feel prepared and ready for whatever my future has in store for me.

    Perfection doesn’t have to be defined by other people. Perfection is defined by each individual, and as long as you are happy and confident in your choices, nothing can stop you from doing anything you want to do.

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2015-05-22 10:41:00

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