Anyway, I know that the show started a year earlier, but heck, it still is fun to watch. It provides me access to a sub-culture that perhaps I was unaware of, that is, high school.
I don’t know, but the show focuses on issues that apparently, high school students face: cliques, self-identity, bullying, social hierarchy, and so on. And I am assuming that the show is well-researched, so it is not an over-the-top depiction of reality. However, looking back, my high school experience was never like that.
Was I enveloped in a bubble that those factors were absent in my high school years? No. I think it was due to something else. I moved a lot. I attended 7th grade in the Philippines, 8th and 9th grade in a Japanese middle school, 10th and 11th grade in a Japanese high school, and 12th grade in Guam. I spent too short of a time to get fully integrated in the school’s social hierarchy. And given the problems that high school students face, I was there too short to even encounter it.
I mean, looking back, I do remember some people attempting to bully me in Japan, but the language problem actually was a benefit: I couldn’t understand what they were saying to actually provoke their desired reaction. I just ignored them, and they eventually realized that I was better left alone. And popularity? Other people think that being popular in a school is everything, but for me, why would I even aspire to be popular, when I know that in a year or two, I will be out of the school and leaving the country for another one.
And the years passed and I grew up.
Now I am a grad student, and I see some undergrads who are pledging for a fraternity or a sorority in the university, and I get reminded of the weird and incomprehensible social structures that some people have. But I just laugh at it, as I couldn’t care less.