his week’s topic is:
“High School Days“.
- What is one thing you remember about your first day of high school? In the UK we call it secondary school or even college. When I went to school we went to infants until the age of 7, then Junior school up till you were eleven. You took the eleven plus to see whether you could go to grammar school (extra clever kids) or secondary. I went to secondary. On my first day, I was so nervous. Being bullied at junior, I was extremely nervous. A girl, sitting on a railing, with black curly hair, and a kind smile, was on her own. I don’t know why, but I went up to say hello. We are still besties today. We clicked straight away. When she was fifteen, her dad and mum moved to America, but we kept in contact. I’m now nearly 57, and we have known each other for forty-five years. There is college or sixth form for the over sixteens, and then university 18 plus.
- Did you participate in extracurricular activities or sports in high school? (Haha) No! I wasn’t built for sport. On my first day, they thought I would be good at the high jump, until I bent the pole. Running wasn’t an option either (my nickname at school was melons) I always got a stitch when I ran more than fifty metres. They used to stand behind me when I was throwing the javelin. Hockey – Mmm, well, nobody went too near me. Shins could end up bruised. In the end they gave me the shotput. The only person I could hurt was myself.
- Was Freshman hazing or initiations at trend at your high school? We don’t have that in the UK. College is probably the only comparison. There is a week where students at university drink too much, and go to wild parties, but I never went to university.
- Did you attend your Senior Prom? If so, do you remember the theme? Again, didn’t have one.
- Is there a favorite memory from your high school days? My memories of secondary school are mostly okay. Meeting my bestie would have to be my favourite memory. She taught me I wasn’t as bad at making friends as I thought. She stood up for me, and made me stand up for myself. Other people thought she was bossy, but I needed that to push myself.