Culture What Don't You Miss About High School?  

Louis Patterson
20.4k votes 1.3k voters 8.3k views 57 items

List Rules If you're done with high school, vote up the common rules and occurrences you feel blessed to leave in the past.

Some people say high school is the best time of your life, but is it really? Sure, you're probably spared the constant pressure of paying bills, but that doesn't mean high school is a fun, stress-free time.  

In retrospect, there are a ton of things about high school no sane adult would accept. These universal high school issues may seem ordinary while you're still in the system, but once you've graduated, it's hard not to feel shocked by all the ridiculous nonsense you put up with. 

Hormones run hot, and others are more than happy to critique everything from your writing skills to your wild prom outfit. There's tons of pressure to start dating, but you can never be sure if you're truly an item or just texting buddies. These social and developmental issues are made no better by decrepit buildings and inedible cafeteria food. 

If you're done with high school, you're probably more than a little glad to be rid of some educational baggage. If nothing else, no one twice your age will ever stop you from going to the bathroom again. Vote up the common rules and occurrences you feel blessed to leave in the past. 

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772 151
Needing Permission To Use The Bathroom

2
747 155
Mean Cliques

3
638 150
Endless Homework

4
580 171
Group Projects Where Everyone Receives The Same Grade

5
579 176
School Starting Before 8:00 AM

6
516 171
Being Judged For Everything You Wear

7
456 147
Being Ostracized By Your Friends For Seemingly No Reason

8
498 177
Orally Presenting Work To The Class

9
404 151
Going Through Puberty

10
372 146
The Constant Threat Of Gossip

11
321 133
Being Graded On Class Participation

12
374 170
Doing Math Every Day

13
346 159
Taking Standardized Tests On Scantrons

14
294 136
Not Being Allowed To Leave Campus During School Hours

15
310 159
Not Being Welcome At Certain Lunch Tables

16
289 148
Assigned Seating

17
281 143
Superficial Class Elections

18
266 144
Students Who Suck Up To The Teacher

19
223 122
Being Constantly Graded

20
214 130
Not Knowing Anyone In Your Class

21
224 143
Waiting For A Ride Home

22
193 125
Other Students' Excessive PDA

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183 121
The Constant Pressure To Get Into College

24
190 133
Book Reports

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183 133
Finding A Date To The Dance

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180 138
Mandatory Pep Rallies

27
176 139
Redundant Presentations About Sex And Drugs

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156 122
Needing To Hide Illicit Activity From Parents And Mentor Figures

29
167 134
Figuring Out If You're Dating Someone Or Just Really Good Friends

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165 134
Foreign Language Requirements

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168 138
Gross Cafeteria Food

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157 131
Strict Dress Codes

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126 111
Overcrowded Classrooms And Trailers

34
118 105
Needing Extra Credit Assignments To Boost Your Grade

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144 140
Bottom Lockers

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121 116
Getting Parents To Sign Report Cards

37
111 114
Detention

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110 114
Getting Creeped On By Teachers

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108 117
Feeling Obligated To Take On Extracurricular Activities

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131 151
Class Clowns Causing Distruptions

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119 138
Organized Fights

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103 126
Teachers Butchering Your Name

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106 130
Not Being Allowed To Check Your Cell Phone

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89 111
Freshman Orientation

45
99 125
Spirit Week

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90 116
Summer Reading

47
73 100
Supervised Dances

48
74 107
Rally Girls

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74 109
Getting Pinched For Not Wearing Green On St. Patrick's Day

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70 104
Rundown Facilities