High School Myth Busters: myth #1

Kelly Gallagher

     I can remember when I first entered high school, I had the complete wrong idea about what to expect. All of my knowledge was based on teen movies I used to watch with my older sister. Because my perspective of high school was so warped, I now feel it necessary to break these misconceptions about high school in general.

     Now, most people between the ages of 13 and 18 have seen a teen movie in some shape or form. Whether it be 10 Things I Hate About You or Mean Girls, most teen movies have a similar theme. No matter how many different ways you spin it, the most intriguing notion about all these movies is that they depict the picture perfect idea of finding your true soul mate in your adolescent years.

     High School myth #1: You will meet the love of your life while in high school.

     It’s a wonderful thought for most girls, having a super cute boyfriend all through high school and being the “it” couple. But in reality, the average high school relationship lasts about six months and most don’t end peacefully. These movies are deceiving to most naïve girls because it leads them to think that their prince is waiting for them in the hallways. Unfortunately, this is not the case in almost all relationships. Sure it’s fun for a while but then life gets in the way and it ends. The whole reason for high school relationships is basically to practice for relationships in the future. Any girl or guy who says they’re “in love” and have found “the one” are clearly in a state of delusion. As high schoolers, we have not yet reached the maturity level to truly know what love is and how it feels. I’ve seen couple after couple declare their love for each other then two weeks later begin dating other people. Whether it’s cheating or boredom, high school relationships end for all different reasons, as they should. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t date while in high school, but I think it’s pointless to claim that you’re in love with someone when in a few months you might not even be speaking to that person.

     My suggestion: date around, have fun and don’t get too tied down. After all, you’re only in high school once; you might as well make the most of it. Nobody wants to look back twenty years from now and wish they had done something differently.