Middle or Junior High School
High school was ok, I never liked school anyway
@Liies2drive - hi there. So, you hated school too huh? I hardly ever went even in elementary school.
Something about being trapped in a room with a stranger aka the teacher watching every move I made creeped me out. Even the smell of schools made me sick to my stomach and gave me headaches. The other thing was that the lessons were very for me to learn.
Anyway, the whole school thing was a big mess for me. But I did manage to graduate on stage 😎.
What was your story?
I just didn’t socialize well and didn’t like the kids, they usually picked on me for something and was bullied at times, I was a small kid for my age at the time
High school if I had to pick. Not because of the "experiences" or friends either... as I had no real friends back then.
But I had some damn good teachers in high school, particularly my junior and senior years, that I really enjoyed and made the subjects fun! You know a teacher is good if you're encouraged to take an Honors class... because said teacher believed in you. Or a subject you normally hate like math, is tolerable because the teacher was good.
Little things like that made high school fun! Not great, and I sure wouldn't want to relive it again, but better than elementary and junior high schools.
There was a lot of freedom for me even with moving around.
I attended a Catholic grammar school from 1st through 8th grade. I liked it and had no problems. I was a good student, the teachers liked me, and I was fairly popular.
I attended a Catholic boys high school in 9th grade and it was a nightmare. Between it and my dad's unyielding attitude I became a bit rebellious toward authority.
I started public high school in 10th grade. I'd say that high school was my favorite. I had a great time because I was finally old enough to begin experiencing freedom and seeing the world.
I was already a surfer so I knew some of those people. I was also befriended immediately by a guy and a couple of girls who were part of the "hippie" clique. Through them I met a lot more people. They were really nice and their values coincided with mine. They knew a lot more than I did about the civil rights movement, women's lib and the war.
They turned me on to new music - folk, psychedelic, alt, progressive and hard rock.
I was a guitar player and used to carry an acoustic guitar around to gatherings at the beach and parks. But I also had an electric guitar and started learning how to play leads.
I got involved with garage bands. We played at parties and I became popular as a guitarist and vocalist even with kids from other schools.
I got my first car as soon as I turned 16, in the second half of 10th grade.
I started going to rock concerts a lot.
I also got my first girlfriend and had sex for the first time when I was 16.
I tried various drugs, including psychedelics, but never got very into drugs except for weed.
I was really active playing baseball, basketball, football and other sports with friends, as well as surfing, skateboarding, playing lots of frizbee, snow skiing, partying, and driving all over the place to have amazing adventures. I went on long backpacking trips during the summer.
I started growing my hair out against my father's wishes in 11th grade and it was long by the time I graduated. I cultivated a rock star/hippie persona.
I didn't take high school very seriously and ditched classes occasionally to have fun instead. But I never got any official reprimands or suspensions. And I did graduate.
Anyway I had a really, really fun time in high school.
Of those, elementary, easily. At the time and place I was in school, there were LOTS of options to help kids who had fallen behind (which I don't disapprove of), but if you were AHEAD of everyone else- forget about it. This caused no end of problems for me, since being intelligent doesn't mean being compliant, and asking too many questions just frustrates everyone. Pretty much every one of my middle school-and-later teachers, if asked, would say "I like [Namer], but he's so frustrating", since I'd get bored of waiting for everyone to catch up (and yes, sometimes that included the teacher) and read ahead. It reached the point where, at one time, I was honestly planning to change my name to "Harrison Bergeron" when I turned 18.
The very first years probably wouldn't've been that different, but since a kid who's behind at THAT age might have trouble even talking, the one who protests (and when asked, demonstrates) that he already KNOWS how to read is a welcome break in the pattern- you can let him go off to the classroom library and read quietly to himself while everyone else is still learning. This is why I still think fondly of my first grade teacher, a quarter century down the line; she found a workable solution that pleased EVERYONE, since I got to read, she got a smaller workload, and my classmates got a bigger portion of her attention.
That was pretty much the last time things worked so well.
Elementary and college.
I had lots of elementary school friends in the neighborhood. We hung out a lot and grew together. Some of our parents knew one another.
college, I met people from all over and I still friend with a few.
it was lots of fun. I also got into my career and still in it.
As the son of a voluntarily single mother who was drugged with amphetamines for most of my childhood by a mother who refused. To learn how to raise boys because she was still angry at fate for giving her sons instead of daughters whom she could pass her feminist dogma on to the entire school experience was unmitigated disaster. It's part of why I want to teach now.
Middle school was fun learned about everything. And we all use to clown tf outta each other and eventually we started sanctioning off by who www from where and what hood was cool with that hood. I I had some homies from the other side. Shit was just popping then fr lol
College. I met some REALLY cool people there and didn't have to put up with assholes teasing the shit out of me and trying to beat me up just because I was the tallest kid in the school!
I had a lot of great experiences, even winning the Presidency of Student Government without even campaigning for it! Even went skinny dipping with the girl I was madly in love with!
Yes! College was my favorite too. Everything was better. The teachers, the subjects, peers, friends, and the schedule.
@TrueConfection MUCH better!!
Sophomore and Junior. I was an athlete, got "soaked" a time or two and had a lot of hope in the future. Then GW Bush and, later, Obama ruined the country.
I loved school except for 6th and 8th grade. 5th and 7th were probably my favorites. High school was socially fun.
@exitseven Not in 6th grade! 😂 That was a tough year. I went from elementary to middle school, moved to a different part of the country and finished back in elementary school again. ZERO friends.
From 6th to 8th grade I attended 5 schools.
Elementary school, I was safe there, the teachers were mostly nice, and there was always food. Don’t remember jr HS that well, I was pretty fucked up most of the time. And high school was pretty brutal. Try being the transfer studded who got held back because they were in a mental hospital for 9 months. Spend a lot of time in detention for “fighting” and barely graduated. Collage was much better thought.
Boarding school - isn't even the slightest doubt about it. Makes me smile just thinking about those two years.
Which would be 9th and a 10th grade for me - which would be from the age of 15-17. Don't know what that is considered out of those three.
I think it was elementary school. It was a lot less stressful. I had lots of friends and kids were not that mean.
I think I liked my second year of middle school the most because that's the year I met my best friend
High school - lots of. good. times were had!
difficult to pick...
but I will go with the first elementary years... when I could get so much many more Cheetos with a lot less money... lol
Junior high. I learned nothing in high school, because the teachers were worthless.
Elementary school because I never went to middle school or high school
Middle school. Everyone knew everyone and I personally had a lot more fun.
Uni. Prior to that I was surrounded by a bunch of annoying twats.
weirdly, the higher up i got the education food chain, the better my grades got.
None of it. Too much detail to go through to explain it.
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I wish I had a less wishy-washy answer, haha, but I guess that’s just a sign of a decent childhood👍
From a strictly school standpoint, elementary school. Mostly because I hated homework, lmao, and I didn’t get much in those years. I always was very annoyed to be at school, but I think that increased with age. Elementary school was just the right amount of required effort for me😂 Lots of recess and play time, and even the lessons often were in the form of a game. You also weren’t worried about social status too much at that point. You showed up in whatever ridiculous outfit your mom dressed you in, and then it was really just about who had the coolest lunchbox, lmao. I also have these vague but strongly nostalgic scents I remember, but very, very rarely smell. Not always even totally sure what they were, but I still think of them sometimes. Whatever they mopped halls with, the smell of a textbook, etc. Very carefree time of my life, and carefree is my goal, so I hold it in high regard.
I liked junior high a lot, but that’s pretty awkward for all of us, so maybe I wouldn’t call it my favorite, but it deserves an honorable mention just because it was the dawn of trying to be cool, figuring out who you were going to be in the scene. It also was the majority of the time I was playing Pop Warner football, Little League baseball, etc, and that’s big in a lot of young boys’ lives, that fantastical period when you have pro athlete dreams and don’t know yet how much you suck in the grand scheme of things.
High school was probably my favorite, socially. The work got a lot harder because I went to a private school, but the flip side was I got to play sports in the highest division in the state, which, to me, was “the big time.” But admittedly, some of the wonder was gone once you start seeing how much better other guys were, and then how laughable even those guys were on the national scale, and the idea of playing pro just isn’t there anymore. Still made for a lot of great memories though. Probably should’ve picked a high school with girls, but my grades were iffy enough without the constant distraction😂 But I still found some ladies outside of school, and that, of course, becomes a significant upgrade over Life Before Getting Your Whistle Wet😝 Also, it was the mid-90s, just a peak era, in my opinion, for music, popular culture, etc, (I think we all think that about our teen years, haha, but high school was ‘93-‘97, so just very decidedly 90s, especially at our age when we were really keyed in on that stuff and we were the target audience in a lot of cases). We had the grunge kids, the metal kids, the punk kids, the rap kids, the skaters, the freaks, then the kids who hated it all and claimed the 70s were the REAL time to be alive, listened to 70s rock music, etc. (funny seeing some kids today romanticizing the 90s in the same way). I guess I just disliked the actual school stuff because it was hard and/or annoying, and was the last thing I wanted to be doing, haha