Activities, Broomball, and Cliques

Disclaimer: This post is from the archives, and may not represent the current views of the author. It also may not be at all interesting to read. Continue at your own peril!

It’s certainly been far from the usual routine as the school days wind down to a close and Christmas holidays begin. In fact, I didn’t even go to school today. What was the point when they only have 45-minute classes? Instead, I went to BCC and participated in their ice rink activities – skating and broomball. Well, technically, I didn’t skate, since I didn’t feel like going to get my skates sharpened, but I still ran around on the ice and had a lot of fun. In the broomball game, our team won something like 6-0. It was pretty lopsided. I think everyone had fun, though, and the pizza afterward was quite good, as usual.

In fact, last night I was also involved in BCC activities. I was talking to Steph on MSN, and she mentioned that Jon and I were invited to her house for the annual BCC party. She had asked Mr. G, and he said it would be fine. So I got a ride up with Josh, who had to take his sister up anyways. On the way up, we almost skidded into the ditch, because some of the roads he took weren’t the greatest. We made it safely, though, and had some fun eating food and having a snowball fight, etc.

I must say, while I like North Park, I miss the fun things that a smaller school like BCC can do. They can just pack up the entire school in a couple of vans and ship them off somewhere, whereas North Park would have to have a fleet of school buses to do the same. BCC tends to be one community, whereas North Park is made up of many, many little communities. Of course, the teachers and principals try to instill school spirit through contests and sports events, but the fact remains that everyone’s got their little group. Everyone’s in a clique, and those cliques are scattered all around the school. A walk around the school at lunchtime shows it very plainly. Everyone’s hanging out at someone’s locker, or sitting on the floor, or standing in the middle of the hallway, or at a table in the cafeteria – but there they are, talking with their own friends, generally unwilling to include anyone else. I mean, I’m not saying that everyone’s exclusive and unfriendly, but at the same time, it’s pretty much impossible to just go up to someone and start talking to someone. They’re always talking to their group of friends, or if they’re alone, they’ve got their headphones on.

I realize that as I’m saying this, I know I’m also involved in my own little clique. It’s pretty flexible, however. Kristin and I almost always sit with each other at lunch, and sometimes Becky, when she’s not busy doing something else. Then, after eating, we go off and usually head to Jordan’s locker. That’s not always the case, though. We try to find different things to do – and that includes different people. On any given day, we may have anywhere from 5 to 15 people, and we could be doing anything from putting up a birthday sign on someone’s locker to Christmas carolling in the Science office. Sometimes we just talk, other times we find something to do. But the point is that everyone is welcome. We’ve never turned anyone away, and people just come and go as they please, and that’s fine. It’s pretty cool, I think, and it sure makes lunchtimes much more fun.

But anyways, I’m done for today. I have a few things I need to do, and then it’s off to work at 6:00 PM until 12:30 AM. These long shifts are pretty annoying, I must say, but at least I’ll get a half-hour break. I just hope my leg is feeling better before then – it’s been sore the past couple of days, and I’m not quite sure why. I’d claim it was because I almost got hit by a car, but it was sore before that anyways. Ahh, whatever. I’ll survive. But anyways, for now, this is Jeff, signing off. Word.

Leave a Reply