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What Was Your High School Persona? - Andrea Dietrich's Blog

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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at Shadowpoetry.com.

What Was Your High School Persona?

Blog Posted:6/3/2013 5:23:00 PM
Hey, guys, sorry I don't come to blogs as often as I used to. Just crazy busy with school these days. In the ESL school where I teach, they gave me an elective class called FILMS, and I am allowed to make worksheets using any Youtube videos I desire, trailers for movies, documentaries, songs, movie scenes, you name it. 

The other day was musical movie week and I remembered my love of the old classic movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It was probably one of my most favorite of youth comedies from the 80's. Does anyone remember this line from Grace, the assistant to the school principal as she responds to her boss, Mr. Rooney?

Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.

This quote is so hilarious to me because it comes from the mouth of a middle aged conservative woman! Also, it's a great springboard for a discussion of American slang with ESL students. I am still not sure I know exactly what a dweebie is!! 

I could add to this list:  the cheerleaders, the GEEKS and NERDS (which maybe are DWEEBIES) but what about  the player, the romantic, the FLIRT, the shy kids, the bookish kids, the comedians, and all those cliques with the popular kids in them,  etc? And maybe there was even The POET!!! I know we had a BRAINIAC scientist kid in our school! HIs name was David Bunker and he went on to become a famous doctor!!

Maybe some will not believe me, but I was a bit quiet. With my friends, however, I was outgoing and always trying to be funny. On the other hand, I was always studying too, so I was also one of the HONOR ROLL kids. yeah, I bet some of you hated that group!! I hated the CHEERLEADERS because I tried out in JR High and got nominated by the teachers to be in the top ten, but the student body voted for their top six and I did not make it. I've had a grudge ever since against cheerleader and the popular types. hahaha. 

What is all this leading to, you may ask? I want to know. What was YOUR high school persona? If you could select any of the bold print words I showed in this blog, which did you come closest to being? For me, I tried to be a comedian, but I guess in the end I was just the ordinary high school kid but with a pretty good grade point average! What about YOU? Tell me how were YOU!!!!

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Date: 6/6/2013 6:22:00 AM
High school was hard for me.. I was quiet and kept to myself. I did my work when I was there and stayed out of everyone's way.My parents were nowhere to be found, so I came and went as I pleased. I had my first apartment when I was 16 and I fit in no where among my peers. I was too busy trying to make ends meet while still trying to graduate. Do I regret my decisions in High school yeah I do, Would I do it differently now if I could? Yeah I think I would have been a better student, But I also know I did what I had to do in order to graduate.
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Date: 6/4/2013 6:28:00 PM
yipers, i don;t think you'd like to know...simply though, i was a concoction of many flavors: rebel, clown, artist, party-freak, nerd, free soul, cheerleader, teacher's pet,etc... it was a time to spread my wings though i didn't smoke, do drugs or get into steady relationships... oh well... nice to reminisce..:) huggs
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 6/4/2013 11:34:00 PM
Nette, I think you had a very full life in a very short time. And I am glad to know you were a "nice" girl like me, not doing drugs and stuff like that.
Date: 6/4/2013 5:35:00 PM
idk i guess i was quiet but at my high school we really didn't have groups like that everyone used and hang out with everybody... i was cool with everyone there... nobody really bullied each other either, me and my friend would always ask the mentally disable kids to come sit at our lunch table....
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Date: 6/4/2013 11:32:00 PM
that is really sweet that you were so good to the disabled kids, Christopher. I really admire that.
Date: 6/4/2013 3:01:00 PM
I was the ultimate brainaic nerd. Always into serious stuff and Science. It must have been a bit intimidating because I was never ask out or went to any dance I didn't volunteer to work at. The truth was I carried my books everywhere because I had memory lapses and couldn't remember where my locker was or it's combination. I studied hard to try to remember things for when the test came around. I couldn't keep friends because stress made me forget who they were. No one could tell because my epilepsy didn't give me fits... just forgetfulness... I didn't have any problems, because social occassions spurred on my forgetfullness It didn't matter. I made lots of lists to stay in the here and now.
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Date: 6/4/2013 11:31:00 PM
wow, I am friends with a brainiac!! Did you go into science, Carol? sorry about the stress and all. I'm glad to get to know you here at Soup.
Date: 6/4/2013 1:50:00 PM
wow, lots of comments. I am off to a tutoring job and just peeked in. I'll read the rest of these I never saw later tonight. thanks, guys, for your participation at my blog!!
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Date: 6/4/2013 8:53:00 AM
I was always on the borderline "edge" of being bookish (a good student) ...considered a "nice girl",...but also on the edge of being popular....but not quite cool enough to be in the fast crowd....too shy to be mega-popular, but I think I was well liked, and loved high school. Our school had 4 cheerleaders and 4 song leaders....I was a song leader with pom-poms no less!! I loved it! (now seems embarrassing)... was on the yearbook staff, girls athletics, 4-H...all that stuff.....but had a great time. Met my future husband...2 yrs older in my junior year.....we married when I was 19....and still together after all these years! :)
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 6/4/2013 11:28:00 PM
you were the ideal, Carrie, just like you are today for me at soup!! I think you have a blessed life!
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 6/4/2013 2:17:00 PM
Not one bit surprised at your post Carrie...We have known each other for quite a few years now and somehow I just knew...
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Heather Ober
Date: 6/4/2013 12:35:00 PM
I fully agree with Su below! I love hearing about young couples who last through the years :)
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/4/2013 10:07:00 AM
A fairy tale romance - I like hearing stories like these, Carrie. But, then - it does not surprise me at all. You come across as a well rounded lady. X
Date: 6/4/2013 7:46:00 AM
I was a mega athlete in all sports, honor roll student, the comedian, a book-reading, poem writing, motorcycle riding, body of a greek god with a face to match it, friend to the friendless, bully-pounding, oddity. I was friends with the jocks, the nerds, the pot-heads, and everyone else. I had the chance to play college baseball but took an academic scholarship instead. I hunted and fished a lot (of course). I didn't date much although I was constantly bugged with it, and I did not do dances.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 6/5/2013 4:35:00 PM
Did you say, "Reckon?" LOL... I am now picturing a young John Wayne, eyes twinkling, that swagger... how close am I... lol
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 6/4/2013 11:29:00 PM
AWESOME! Especially how you were nice to all different kinds of people. Sorry you didn't get to play college baseball.
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 6/4/2013 2:21:00 PM
Caleb...I was a jock too...You seem to be a younger version of me, minus the complications...
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Painted Hunter
Date: 6/4/2013 1:12:00 PM
Ha...I reckon so...;)
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Heather Ober
Date: 6/4/2013 12:34:00 PM
Hahaha Caleb. "Body of a greek god with a face to match it." Only you could get away with saying that.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/4/2013 11:21:00 AM
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Date: 6/4/2013 10:02:00 AM
Thanks. You sound pretty darn awesome yourself. I never got caught skinny-dipping, but I did get sent home one day during homecoming week...it was "wear camo day" so I painted my whole body camo and came to school barefoot and in a speedo
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/4/2013 8:03:00 AM
Caleb, you sound like a fun guy.... no heavy "issues" ;-)
Date: 6/4/2013 7:34:00 AM
The closest I could say was the PLAYER...Always popular and ran with the 'in' crowd...Ironically, I paid a heavy price later for this role. I was a male 'dumb blond'...always getting by on popularity and so called 'good looks', never developing any real sound personality traits. I had to get knocked on my ass a few (many) times before I woke up - Tim
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 6/4/2013 2:11:00 PM
Thanks Heather...You are definitely right about that (At least in my case) However, I am still a real dumb-ass with a long way to go...
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Heather Ober
Date: 6/4/2013 12:32:00 PM
So that is why your poetry is always so full of wisdom! You have to be young and stupid to eventually be wise ;)
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 6/4/2013 7:44:00 AM
I was also a hell-raiser...I do not know how or why I ever survived some of the crazy things we did...
Date: 6/4/2013 3:21:00 AM
Hi Andy I only did one year of high school, and it was the first time comprehensive schools were introduced in this country but we had no teachers only student teachers... for twelve months while the system settled down, after that i was hospitalised after an accident and never finished school so I was none of the above lol xx
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 6/4/2013 11:25:00 PM
Mandy, I'm sorry you were in an accident so close to finishing school. I think I would have loved knowing you in high school.
Date: 6/4/2013 2:16:00 AM
Hi Andrea! I enjoyed reading the comments and cannot resist commenting. BLUE STOCKING was my label. I was the youngest Head Librarian the High School ever had. It didn't help to dispel this Image when I started the Chess Club and headed up the Debating Society. I, also, started the Drama Society - I LOVED literature! I was good at sport (tennis, hockey and gymnastics). I got elected as Prefect, but in my final year, my badge was removed because I decked a teacher... long story.... REBEL WITH A CAUSE would perhaps have been a more apt label as I joined the protest marches during the Struggle against apartheid. Nothing has changed,I still champion the underdog. Popularity does not concern me.X
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/5/2013 5:40:00 AM
I accept the challenge, Heather... watch the space (will post it shortly under my poems_... :-)
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 6/4/2013 2:27:00 PM
Su!!...I am absolutely shocked and offended that you swam naked in public without me being there to join the fun...
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Heather Ober
Date: 6/4/2013 12:30:00 PM
Hahaha I think you need to write a poem about that experience ;)
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/4/2013 8:45:00 AM
lol... It was only during my time at Teachers' Training College that I spread my wings. Got arrested once for swimming naked at a pubic Beach, Sea Point -recently in the news because of all the hail which fell in buckets this past weekend.... But that is a tale for another time ;-)
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Heather Ober
Date: 6/4/2013 5:41:00 AM
Su, you sound like you were so kick-ass!!
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/4/2013 2:47:00 AM
"Everybody does not have to like you. That is not their job. Liking you is not anyone’s purpose in life except yours." ~ Iyanla Vanzant
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/4/2013 2:25:00 AM
I met my ex during my penultimate year at high school, so the dating aspect was well and truly only with one guy. While my friends were seeing how many boys they could date in one term of school, I was contented to be with just one "love of my life". At a school reunion recently, two men came up to me and told me that they were waiting for me to drop him....
Date: 6/3/2013 11:39:00 PM
Tex, I can see you as the popular girl. I have to retract something I said. I did not look down on all the popular people. I remember this one popular girl who was SO sweet. She would look everyone in the eye like a human being and make you feel so lovely. I hope you were like her in high school!!
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Date: 6/3/2013 11:00:00 PM
I think Im the comedian with a twist of an evil side. Huehuehue
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Date: 6/4/2013 1:00:00 AM
nah that was the olden times i got savvied by the evil part. hahaha
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 6/3/2013 11:40:00 PM
cool!!! I'll have to read some of your poems and see how funny you are!
Date: 6/3/2013 9:12:00 PM
In high school I was pretty much invisible. I was shy, introverted. I was always reading something, so I guess you could say I was bookish. I also made the Honor Roll most of the time. I spent my lunch hour in the library.
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Date: 6/3/2013 11:41:00 PM
Kim, you would have been a person I would have been talking to in high school. For sure.
Date: 6/3/2013 8:07:00 PM
i'm not here to brag... but, believe it or not Andrea, I was the most popular girl through out the jr high... everyone wanted to be my friends... geeks, freaks, jocks, cheerleaders, the good gals, the bad boys, and the cool kids, even the Teachers... But, I had my own crew. And everyone wanted to follow me. people at my school, would get happy when I showed them attention. I treated everyone the same. and guess what?? I had a very xool reputation. I was bad, funny, and very pretty. I was the girl who took a rattlesnake to school, and released it down the drains.. LOL, school was dismissed for the rest of the day. I was suspended for 3 days. I was the girl who got half the school bus suspended on a field trip. *what a bummer*
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Date: 6/3/2013 8:13:00 PM
ps... during my high school years we moved. Everything was different at the new school. I was the most wanted girl.... LOL,,, by the BOYS, all 9th - 10th.. that made all the girls at my new school hate me. i figure it had to do with my double d's. and that fact that i was fresh meat.
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Date: 6/3/2013 8:09:00 PM
every now and then, when i see an old friend from school, they will ask about my poetry writing. I laugh and say, you still remember that. I don't tell them i still write it's kind of embarrassing.
Date: 6/3/2013 7:38:00 PM
I was from a different State and having been to boarding School where we had elocution so I was accused of trying to speak too posh and excluded from one group that used to hike their skirts and tease their hair. They tried to act like sluts but really weren't. I was good at sport yet enjoyed reading and drama. I felt comfortable by myself and would hang out in the library. We had Surfers and Rockers and I identified more with the Surfers and going to the beach on weekends.
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Date: 6/3/2013 11:41:00 PM
I like your style, Suzanne. Sounds so fun.
Date: 6/3/2013 5:55:00 PM
I'm with Cyndi! I didn't really fit into any of the categories above. I was an honour student, so perhaps I could have been called bookish. But I pretty much got along with everyone and didn't have one specific clique. This is a fun post, Andrea! Thanks for posting :)
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Date: 6/3/2013 11:42:00 PM
Heather you are a girl after my own heart.
Date: 6/3/2013 5:47:00 PM
I was the cleaned up version of Ally Sheedy in the Breakfast Club, a strange artsy fartsy with friends from a variety of cliques--- I'd hang with the "sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads" with ease and oddly enough they never tried to railroad me into a mold-- the only thing I expected out of friendship was just let me be me, which I guess holds true today. I loved art, did some acting, even hung out with the sound and lightening crew. I think it was because, even then, I was a writer... and so I found EVERYONE and EVERYTHING interesting... the differences, the similarities. Maybe I was just an accepted outsider, belonging nowhere and everywhere...
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 6/3/2013 11:43:00 PM
LOve your answer, Cyndi. I like to think that would be me too.
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Date: 6/3/2013 5:51:00 PM
so, one more to add to your list: CLIQUE-LESS
Date: 6/3/2013 5:46:00 PM
Here are some more: Macho, Class Clown(just being silly all the time), the Dunce, the BORED ones, the ones always asleep, the WEIGHT LIFTERS (I guess any sports could be listed: the track star/ tennis champ/ chess addict. The list goes on and on!!!
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JINGLE Free versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSE Narrativemysterylight,light,univer
TRANSCENDENCE Tankafantasy,imagination,natur
My Partner, my Life Free versehusband,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved ..... Imagismlove
December Sun . Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy world Haiku 
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
Where The Sycamore Grew Narrativeautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect Nature Haikunature
Wild Love Narrativegarden,love,rose,sweet,
Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
My Pilot Light Verseinspirational,introspecti
Love's Echos Free verselovevoice,love,me,voice,
For Wifey Rhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster Night Free versenature,planet,sea,
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
" Ike and Jane "- sequence 2 Light Poetryfunny,love,wifeme,me,time
Pretty orchids Free versecaregiving,happiness,hope
Even a Sparrow Soars Free verseanimals
My Piano Knows Versedevotion,happiness,holida
Dancing with the Stars Free versenature,scienceblue,
The Unrequited Mantra Free versedevotion,hope,lost love,l
FIG TREE, NEW YEAR'S DAY Narrativenaturewinter,winter,new y
Poets At-Large Free verselife,
to know you Free versedevotion,husband
Moved to Tears by Josh Groban Versemusic,on writing and word
sequence-SONNET Lanternelife,love,on writing and
Reflections Free versehappiness,life,lovesun,
Somber Is the Color of The Day Free verseday,light,me,winter,words
A Winter Rose - A Sonnet Sonnetrose,winter,
The Word Weaver Free verseintrospection,lifeme,
Each Day a Gift Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Contrary Kisses Free verseinspirational,introspecti
She Waits... Free verseart,hopelonging,
Blue Heaven Haikunature
A DEATH IN THE SUN Free versehope,seasons
My Reason For Living Free versehusband
Terra Firma Haikunature,science,time
How Could I have Known Free versehusband,love,mystery
True Poetry in Motion? Free verseinspirationalmay,
Frozen in Time Free verseseasonssnow,snow,
FORGOTTEN TREASURE Light Poetryadventure,art,beauty,enco
Putting on Makeup Rhymeintrospection,sad,
Desire Light Poetrylife,lost love,love,
Love? Bah! Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe Fable Clerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUE Rhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
More Than A Dream Free versededication,holiday,intros
Foreboding Haikumystery,nature
A Song at Sunrise Coupletfaithsong,song,
What Do The Stars Tell A Lover's Heart Free verseadventure,fantasy,happine
The green checkered face Free versefood,happinessheart,heart
Play It Free verseinspirational,love,music,
Twilight's Fading Light Free verselife,nature
Marble in Columns on Green Coupletbrother,daughter,father,h
I Will Be Strong Free verseangst,husband,lossme,
The Beauty of Yore Free versenostalgia
Wandering Soul Free versehappiness,inspirational,n
Sunset on Galway Bay (Haiku No. 34) Haikuinspirational
TRANSFORMATION I do not know?allegory
If You Are Lonely Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Time Out Free versedepression,devotion,fanta
Winter Promise Free versenature
The Man on Brunswick Drive Free verseintrospection,people
I Am..(Tagged by raul, now i'm tagging Elaine george). Free verseintrospectionbeautiful,be
Brown Sands Lyricintrospection,lifemystery
Dancing at a Temple Rhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGH Free verseinspirational
Tea For Two Free verseintrospectionme,me,
Peak District United Kingdom Prose Poetryinspirational
PAPER I do not know?allegoryme,
NINE O'CLOCK Limerickfunny
Frozen Memories Tankaart
Summer's Voice Free verseseasons
Lazy Day Free verselife,nature
I Was Me Biolife,
The First Kiss or That Darn Ann Landers Lyricme,nostalgia,song,travel,
Crimsom Beauty Dramatic monologueangst
Red Geraniums Free verse 
ZOO FRIGHT Limerickfunny
As I hid Monokumuse,

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