Culture What Don't You Miss About High School?  

Louis Patterson
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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. 

list ordered by

1
842 162
Needing Permission To Use The Bathroom

2
802 171
Mean Cliques

3
695 164
Endless Homework

4
631 183
Group Projects Where Everyone Receives The Same Grade

5
629 197
School Starting Before 8:00 AM

6
565 184
Being Judged For Everything You Wear

7
499 158
Being Ostracized By Your Friends For Seemingly No Reason

8
531 195
Orally Presenting Work To The Class

9
438 165
Going Through Puberty

10
403 158
The Constant Threat Of Gossip

11
353 143
Being Graded On Class Participation

12
407 184
Doing Math Every Day

13
370 171
Taking Standardized Tests On Scantrons

14
325 147
Not Being Allowed To Leave Campus During School Hours

15
342 166
Not Being Welcome At Certain Lunch Tables

16
319 156
Assigned Seating

17
307 151
Superficial Class Elections

18
288 156
Students Who Suck Up To The Teacher

19
242 131
Being Constantly Graded

20
230 144
Not Knowing Anyone In Your Class

21
238 156
Waiting For A Ride Home

22
201 130
The Constant Pressure To Get Into College

23
208 137
Other Students' Excessive PDA

24
201 142
Finding A Date To The Dance

25
200 147
Book Reports

26
195 145
Redundant Presentations About Sex And Drugs

27
193 149
Mandatory Pep Rallies

28
172 131
Needing To Hide Illicit Activity From Parents And Mentor Figures

29
183 148
Gross Cafeteria Food

30
175 144
Foreign Language Requirements

31
177 148
Figuring Out If You're Dating Someone Or Just Really Good Friends

32
172 143
Strict Dress Codes

33
140 119
Overcrowded Classrooms And Trailers

34
136 124
Getting Parents To Sign Report Cards

35
158 149
Bottom Lockers

36
127 115
Needing Extra Credit Assignments To Boost Your Grade

37
124 122
Detention

38
120 125
Getting Creeped On By Teachers

39
146 158
Class Clowns Causing Distruptions

40
117 124
Feeling Obligated To Take On Extracurricular Activities

41
129 146
Organized Fights

42
114 134
Teachers Butchering Your Name

43
116 140
Not Being Allowed To Check Your Cell Phone

44
94 120
Freshman Orientation

45
104 135
Spirit Week

46
96 127
Summer Reading

47
79 111
Rundown Facilities

48
81 114
Rally Girls

49
78 110
Supervised Dances

50
81 117
Getting Pinched For Not Wearing Green On St. Patrick's Day