High School Survey

A friend of mine recently went to her 15 year high school reunion. (Is that a thing? We only have them every ten years). She was given a questionnaire to fill out before hand so everyone could read each other's answers. I decided to take a trip down memory lane and answer a few. I left out all the ones about my favorite teacher and which classmate inspired me, because, who cares.

Where did you sit during lunch? I hung out with different cliques every year, so it changed. I sat in the cafeteria with my preppy friends sophomore year, outside with my stoner/skater friends junior year, and on the floor under the cafeteria windows with a big mix of my girlfriends and their boyfriends senior year. I honestly don't know why we sat on the floor. I think our group was too big (and too cool, obviously) for tables.

What did you typically eat for lunch? Crap. I tried to bring my lunch because waiting in line took up half the lunch period and the food was gross. If I didn't pack it, I got a pizza pocket from the snack line and washed it down with a Coke and some Skittles. See? Literal crap.

Did you have a best friend? I had the same on-again off-again BFF since 5th grade. There were time periods when we didn't get along (due to her boyfriends or my other groups of friends), but we always found our way back to each other and really did have a lot of fun. We were just completely different people. As soon as we graduated and didn't have school in common anymore, we stopped trying. We're friendly on Facebook. 

Did you have an arch enemy? Didn't every high school girl hate another one for absolutely no reason at some point? I didn't enjoy my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend who seemed to be obsessed with me senior year, even though they broke up three years prior. She literally followed me around from 30 feet away for a while. I kinda let my BFF battle that one for me though. She was not a girl's girl and had a ton of one-sided fights and loved the drama. I also didn't like the girlfriend of one of my friends, but I think it's because he told her our friendship was more than it was and she didn't like me first. But there wasn't one particular girl or incident that scarred me. 

Did you have a secret crush on anyone? I don't think any crushes are secret in high school, are they? Unless you seriously don't tell one single soul about them, but that's not what girls do and no one can keep their mouth shut when they find out about one. Sophomore year I had an embarrassing crush on a senior butt rocker. (Please tell me you know that term. To be clear, he wasn't an '80s hairband, mullet and tank top butt rocker. He wore a Metallica or Tool tee, a flannel, jeans and Chucks every day, like a good '90s era Seattleite should.) We had absolutely nothing in common. I was a quiet, preppy 14-year old girl who listened to Boyz II Men and Ace of Base. He was an 18-year old man who smoked cigarettes, drove an old, loud, fast car, and had a slight mustache. Ew, it's so creepy when I really think about it! He wasn't even that cute (or smart), but we stood next to each other at band practice and he and his friend were HILARIOUS. I had yet to meet a guy who made me laugh so hard I cried, like every ten minutes. Boys my age were sooo immature. I loved hanging out with him and the crush just crept up on me. I kept it to myself for about a week, but finally told my BFF. She probably gave it a good five days before telling someone else who eventually told him. I was mortified when I found out he knew and still had to stand next to him at practice every day for another month. The next time I saw him, he put me in a headlock and told me I was cute, in the most condescending way. Crush officially over.

I probably had a new crush every few months throughout high school. I mean, I kinda still do! But I was smart enough to know that I couldn't act on all of them (out of my league, wrong circle of friends, a friend's current crush or ex-boyfriend, a butt rocker, etc). I'm sure there were a bunch that I kept to myself, especially after that incident! Then again, you kinda need the guy to know so you have a starting point, right?

Did you date someone from your school? I was a kind of a late bloomer. I dated two guys freshman year, but I'm using that word very loosely. No date ever took place and there was no actual relationship. I talked on the phone with one guy every single night for three months, but we barely spoke at school, mostly because he was a grade below me. Gasp! The other guy was over the summer, but he didn't go to my school. Sophomore and the beginning of junior year, I had a couple random make outs and some group dates, but those don't really count. Then I had the same boyfriend most of junior and senior years.

Who did you go to the prom with? I didn't! My boyfriend broke up with me a few weeks before prom. You can read about it here.

Is there something you wanted to do in high school but never did? I should have got my driver's license. I got in a car accident and totaled our family minivan when I had my permit and was terrified to drive after that. Not because the accident was scary (it was in a parking lot), but because I was embarrassed and lost my confidence and just didn't want any part of it. I dropped out of driver's ed and my boyfriend drove me everywhere. It would have been nice to have after our breakup though, because I was a senior who had to take the bus to school for the last few weeks. Awkward.

Did you participate in any school plays? Nope. Unfortunately for me, I have zero talent.

What sports or clubs did you belong to? Band, leadership, Leo Club and Peace Club (which was about the environment, not peace. It's an acronym for something, but I can't remember). I also played fastpitch, very terribly, freshman year.

Did you drive to school? No car! No licence! My boyfriend, who lived right next to the school and should have just walked, drove ten minutes in the opposite direction to pick me up every morning. He also dropped my brother and sister off at the middle school on our way. Awww...

Do you remember the fight song? I do! I can sing it and play it on a clarinet, piano, and drums. Very poorly on the drums, since I really never learned how, but I can do it. I practice with pencils. 

Did you have an after school job? No, but I babysat for the same family every Saturday night from 5:00-10:00 so they could go to dinner and a movie. If I didn't say I couldn't make it, it was implied that I'd be there. My sister took over in the middle of my junior year when Saturday nights became important to me.

Did you ever skip school? Once. My boyfriend stayed home sick one day, so I had my friend call the school from the payphone, pretending to be my dad, saying he was picking me up early for a doctor appointment. I left school at lunch and spent the rest of the day at his house. I thought I was in the clear, but the school called my dad the following day to let them know that I forgot to bring a note in with me that morning. It was my first time skipping school, I didn't know the rules! My dad told them he didn't know about my appointment, and that my mom probably picked me up. When the school called my mom to verify, I was busted. My parents weren't that mad that I skipped, but pissed that I made them look like idiots.

What did you do on Friday nights? I was a band geek so my life revolved around sports. Football games in the fall, basketball games in the winter, and marching band practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the spring and fall.

Did you have a nickname in high school? My brother and sister were clever little brats and called me Christiner Wiener. They eventually dropped my actual name and my family and friends close to my family just called me Wiener. In college, a friend changed it to "Wiena" because that made more sense to him. He also sort of said it like "Feeny" from Boy Meets World too. Ha!

Almost all my friends in high school called me "Christ." spelled with a period at the end, so it wouldn't be confused with the pronunciation of Jesus Christ. Say it with me: crissed. This is because my two BFFs and I went through a phase freshman year where we shortened just about every single word we said. We were saying totes, jelly, def, perf, and obvs before any of you! Honestly, we shortened any word we could, usually at the end of a sentence. "Open that wind." (window) "Are you watching 90?" (90210) "Where's your history home?" (homework) It was ridic. All three of our names could be shortened down to make another name, like mine would be Chris, but we were weird and that wouldn't do. So Christ. it was and it stuck until about a year after high school, when I drifted away from the majority of my high school friends. I have an ex-boyfriend who still addresses me that way. I recently told him that he's the only one who still calls me that and he said I'll never be a "Christina" to him. It's a long name. I don't blame him.

What was your most embarrassing moment? Nothing really sticks out. I didn't mind public speaking, I never fell, I don't have any period stories, and I didn't have a public argument or breakdown. I'm sure I felt like I had hundreds of humiliating moments while I was in school, but I guess nothing traumatized me. Or maybe they're all repressed memories...?

What were your favorite bands, TV shows and movies? MUSIC: No Doubt, Bush, Hole, Weezer, Sublime, Jewel, Everclear, Better Than Ezra, Garbage, The Cranberries, Sponge, Poe. TV: Beverly Hills, 90210, My So-Called Life, ER, Seinfeld, Friends, Mad About You, Newsradio, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live. MOVIES: Clueless, Empire Records, Romeo + Juliet, Scream, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Speed, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. 

Do you still talk to people from school? Does Facebook count? I would say at least twenty of my friends from high school are still IRL friends now. That's probably not great, is it?

If you could go back and do it again, would you? Maybe. Not because it was the best time of my life (I had much more fun in college), but because it was so nice to be dependent on my parents and not worry about jobs, bills, cars, houses, health, and raising my own kids. The youth really is wasted on the young! But I'd have to go back to the '90s. Kids these days are crazy.

Then there was a portion of the questionnaire that asked what you're up to now. You know, where do you work, where have you traveled, what are your hobbies, what are your greatest accomplishments, blah, blah, blah, but that's boring. Feel free to do this too! I love reading this stuff.


Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

My HS had a 5, 10 and 15 year reunion, and now they can't get their act together to do the 20th. I mean the MOST important one since we graduated and bam, can't get it together. It was supposed to be June 28 but not enough people signed up. Now they are trying to make a new date. Maybe they will do fall or winter either way I think it's not going to happen, at least not a DONE UP one. I say just hold it at a bar, and send out the FB invite and whoever shows, shows. Pay for our own stuff and just chill and catch up. THAT is the point right? I love this survey. We had to do a small one when we had our 10 year... turns out it was to get prizes. I won the prize as a tie with my BFF for the most tattoos. We each had 3. Pretty sad... I would have though there would have been more. I was angry they gave us "cover up" as a gag gift, as if we should be ashamed of our ink. Rude!

I may have to do this survey on my blog - if that's OK since I didn't get to attend my 20th :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

As of this week there's a FB page for our 20th reunion, which is next year. Time flies.

Some stuff I can't remember as well as I used to. I should start writing it down.

Karen M. Peterson said...

This is so fun! Good questions. I still can't believe your boyfriend dumped you right before prom.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

This was a great read I enjoyed it

Jaime Mcgee said...

That is a really charming retrospective. It's nice to look back at that time of your life and try to compare it with your current situation. Hahaha! Anyway, I'm sorry to hear about what happened to the minivan. I know it's a long time ago now, but that should have meant quite an end there. Glad to hear it didn't set you back too much. It probably won't as much now, seeing how totaled vehicles are restored and brought back into shape these days. Thanks for sharing!

Jaime Mcgee @ Michael's Auto Body