Being an Outsider

             “That kid’s a dork! All he ever does is homework. He doesn’t even get drunk!” These are one of the many stereotypical statements that are constantly being made among teenagers of various age groups. Why is it that the kids who get good grades, who don’t play sports, or do not drink and do drugs are always considered dorks or nerds? It seems as if these types of individuals do not fit in with the “in-crowd”, or the popular groups. What qualities does a certain individual need to have to fit in, and what qualities do they lack which makes them not? Many people struggle, and do things that they normally wouldn’t do to be accepted into the in-crowd, while others don’t seem to mind at all and are perfectly happy with their social status. There are several small aspects that separate the in-group from the out-group, and vice versa.
             Popularity was determined by only few factors at the high school in which I graduated from. The popular kids were either those that partied, those that did drugs, and those who played sports. The individuals who were not into any of these activities simply were not popular. They were not all necessarily looked down upon by the popular people, but they certainly were not welcome in the clique. Some of them were acquaintances with the popular people, but most of them “were not good enough” to be hanging around with the in-group. The people that were looked down upon and constantly picked on and harassed by the popular people were the “nerds” and the “dorks”.
             The popular people at my school considered themselves to be superior to every one else in the school. They had a tendency to be arrogant and self centered. Many of them did drugs, partied, and got into a lot of trouble with the law. It always seemed as if they had they had to prove something to other people. They were constantly making fun of the kids that they considered to be “dorks”. One time I saw a football player duck...

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