I know in teenage and adolescent years clicks are especially prevalent and some don't truly belong to any. I would find it interesting to which cliques people associate themselves most closely and why. If you seem to belong to multiple clicks or none at all explain.
I like the idea of this post. I am twenty years old and currently attending colleg. Even though high school had the cliques all over the hallways you see the same thing at your college.
The group of jocks that are outside in the courtyard throwing around a football. The nerdy type that sit in the cafeteria to play magic. The 'stoners' who wear dreadlocks and tie dye and are seen doing nothing, but playing hacky sac. The cliques don't change. They just move to a different place.
Myself? I do all of that. I am a Magic: The Gathering player. I toss around the football. I even play hackysac from time to time to make myself look like a fool. I think when you try to be accepted by all the little groups you find that the barriers they put up are rather childish. They won't get together with other people just because they dress a certain way.
Maybe people need to belong in a certain group to feel better about themselves. I don't know. I am no philosopher. My major is Biology. I only know their habits and life cycles not their thought processes.
I belong in the group of outgoing, funny, sporty and medium intellectual during my high school years. It is fun and cool when you belong to a group rather than a loner.
I'd consider myself a geek. I've read comics since I was about an apple tall, and I fiddle with my computer most of the time but I still find time to listen to the 'in-crowd's music, play sports (football (the european kind) mostly) and hang out with my girlfriend as much as possible.
When hanging around other geeks though, I don't seem to get half of what's going on.. Maybe I should've chosen Loner..!
I don't belong to a clique, and never have.
I'm simply myself. I have a variety of friends, some of whom may 'belong' to some form of clique but it's not even something we discuss as a group of friends. We're simply ourselves, and that's good enough.
Even when I was going to TAFE (a sort of college system in Australia) each class of people (people in the same class were generally all doing the same course) would just hang out together, albeit sometimes the classes would sort of split into two or three smaller groups but generally we'd just all socialise with each other, and also with other classes.
And you also have to keep in mind that our classes (this particular TAFE was based in a suburb of Sydney, Australia) contained people of Lebanese, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Australian, and who knows what other backgrounds. All relatively different cultures, but getting along quite acceptably in a social format.
Fortunately, stereotypes do not always prevail .
I'm a floater, if that is a clique.
I play sports from time to time, am a geek often, a musician and a little bit of this and that.
*shrugs* I don't feel like I fit in only one group, never have.
Well I have a friend who is friends with popular people, a friend who is friends with the art geek, and is a nerd; a friend who is friends with some scene kids; a friend who is friends with smoker/sporty people, and I am somewhat nerdy/intellectual. We are a ragtag group really...basically the 'other category'
I feel like I'm the bridge between all different cliques. I know the geeks cause I'm the computer whiz and play Halo 2 a lot. I know the sexually active band geeks because I was (am) one myself. I know the jocks because they always came to me for help in all of my classes. I know the preppy girls cause they did the same as the jocks. So really, I was just the nice guy that everyone knew and came to for help. Nowadays, after I graduated high school and am in college, I spend most of my free time with my girlfriend or my other friends in our little closely-knit group. I don't really have any friends I spend a lot of time with at college cause I live at home and don't spend a lot of time that I don't need to there. Really, I think we formed our own little cliche..."The Van" is what we call ourselves, since we all hang out in my minivan.
Although I would easily classify myself into intellectual/nerd/geek, I still feel the almost compulsive need to point out that the nerd and geek stereotypes are actually considerably different when examined properly and I would only fall into the 'geek' category of the above three.
Back in high school, I was the active class president type, and I was friends with all types of people. The popular girls invite me to their parties, the "outcasts" would ask me to read and critique their writings, I would engage in interesting conversations with the "I-hate-conformity-so-look-at-me-I-dyed-my-hair-blue" types, play sports, exhange notes with the musicians, doodle with the artists, hang out with regular low-profile people... I was pretty much the nice helpful girl anyone can talk to. I kept a few close friends with me, but they didn't want to associate with other people, so I liked drifting and socializing with everyone. Oh, and I don't have a "best friend".
Now that I'm in college, I don't have much friends because (a) I'm a foreigner and quite new here; (b) I don't live on campus and I regularly commute. I have a lot of acquaintances, though, if you could rightly categorize them as "friends" right away...
In elementary school (k-5) I played with Legos and drew in my sketchbook. When cliques began to emerge in junior high, I fell back from the crowd and became depressed and lonely. I used my free time to draw more and mess around with computers and taught myself a lot about graphic design, web design, animation, a bit of programming, how to assemble PCs, etc. Late middle school I continued to draw and lost track of my computer fixation. I jumped off cliffs and had mud slinging fights with my friends. Then I smoked a lot of pot in high school and continued to draw a lot and jump off of cliffs but with a stronger apathy for cliques. I would wear brown loafers with old denim jeans that were on the verge of disintegrating, topped with tattered t-shirts that I could just barely get my head through.
So I guess from the first appearance of cliques to the last days of my public school career, I transgressed from loner to stoner.
I'm a geek and proud of it.
Other people might call me something else (fine by me) but I'm proud of my geeky heritage! I'm smart, I program computers, majpred in genetics, I love to learn new things, and I often find social situations awkward.
Call it what you like - that makes me a G--E-E-K.
And I love it.
i understand where you're coming from. i too seem to bounce around. im big into all kinds of technology, like the latest music, and enjoy playing all kinds of sports, and also like to play some hacky sac from time to time. so i feel its my floating thats kind of kept me from getting that one solid group of friends.
Almost everybody in my class says that I'm very intellectual/that I am the genuis of the class. But I rather look at myself as a geek, and thats what I truly are
Missing Option: My school was too small to have cliques.
I suppose to some extent there were cliques, but really everybody knew everybody and either you were friends with them or you weren't.
You know what I'm probably the mutt of cliques. I play football so I'm a little jock. I know a lot about comps so I'm a little nerdy, I ware punk clothes so I'm punk. and I could go on and on. So I hang out with mostly everyone.
Erm... actually, I'm a floater.
I'm a prep because that's who I hang out with
I'm a sporty chick because I do soccer and swimming
I'm a loner because without my friends, I just can't hang with anyone else
I'm a geek because I love studying.
So you decide... But for me, I'm a floater.
You forgot to add the ninja clique?!
I hang with the "outcasts"/DJ club. Basically its a mix of "stoners", "goths", rock/punk, gamers, and floaters. As well as one or two "loners", myself included I suppose I could be considered a geek, only I don't get along with them...too many arguments.
I chose floater, though I would have preferred the term drifter. Floater just has that toilet connotation ya know?
my clique is Frihost
I don't associate myself with any group; however, I am have many names, and like none.
I never wanted to become anything I really am. I used to be stoner, not so much anymore. Then I was a grunger, then my hair got cut. All that time, people thought I was emo, but I hate emo so much. I am a geek, but most people associate being a geek with being a loser. I know sooo much about sex, and I don't like to toot my own horn, but I have been successful at being a good ******, even though I hardly consider myself a sexual fiend. I own a guitar, and I play it often, but I'm hardly a musician. I dabble in so many things that I'm hardly anything in particular, I'll even go into sports now and then. I am an efficianado of multi-clique transendence. I try to stay away with associating with one group of friends, and if one group wants to associate with me, I bring a friend or two from another group along with me to make them get along. But, above all things, if there is nothing else, the one this you could pick for me, it's Gamer. But, I usually spend time alone, trying to keep to myself, even in my times of relationship dependance. Being alone would be a marvelous thing, but I couldn't live without my friends. I'm me, that's it. You could call mine the "Right-Clique." Rightcliquescott, that's a terrible pun.
man wheres the ghetto yo. show some love mayn i think i would fit into uh like none of those. please add ghetto and i will vote k thanks man
You saying you're ghetto, with your Firefox promotion sig!? Sorry, but that alone makes you a nerd imho.
be nice, theres no need to be so rude,
I can't edit the poll. But anyway, as for myself, I seem to be considered by everyone on the outside an intellectual. I play guitar and hang out with the soccer team a lot and many of them happen to be musicians.
I think this whole idea is bizarre! Sure in high school we had our group of people, but they didn't fit in to simple terms like above! We were mates, we all liked different things, we didn't all do the same things after school, we partied together, but we partied with everyone else too!
And once you leave school nothing like this exists, we are all just people, and I think its sad to try and define anyone or group of people in such terms, maybe you only see these 'cliques' because this is how you look at people.....
id say im a mix between like the Jock, the nerd and the prep. I like to do my work at times and get good marks and sometimes I get called preps. While im fairly good at sports i tend to show of at like hockey and soccer when im not trying to and again i get hit with the jock clique and i spend a lot and i mean like 6 - 8 hrs of my free time playing games competively like Counter-Strike and Warcraft 3 and people call me nerds. But really it doesnt bother me cause i am who i am and i dont feel like changing myself for some stuck up people who has nothing better to do then judge others and make fun of them
Definitely a drifter but i do have a clique which is just a bunch of us drifters
In no way do I like the idea of cliques, or wish people to polarize themselves as belonging to one. The only purpose was to gauge interest of what kinds of people post on this board, in their own perspective. I do not view or judge people as such, but I do belief one's own belief into what kind of clique they think they belong is insightful.
A mix between Intellectual/Nerd/Geek, Loner, and Redneck/Hick.
Of course, those are just the major cliques I might apply to. There are other, far more rare ones I fit into much more nicely.
how about the 'too cool for school' clique. Or the don't even try because we are soooo much richer than youuu clique.
They all fufill usefullsocial functions. I think it becomes more interesting when you correlate modern cliques with social stnding of families. And peoples self identities.
im a kind of drifter too, but im punk/emo/goth so i guess...ya...i just dont fit into one particular one
I'm a combination of metalhead and an athlete guy / don't know how common that is, haha.
So yeah, music (metal) is a very important factor in my life, because it drives my will to improve at certain sports. I take my 'sport' very seriously - over the past 3 years I've developed a certain way of eating and training that's right for me, people still call me 'freak' because of my 'awkward' ways.
Some non-athletic features of me: I have long hair. Some non-metal features: I don't drink, smoke or do drugs.
You could say I'm a nerd/geek.
I always gets A's on all my assignments and tests. I'll let you decide.
Let me add this:
Without us nerds, you guys wouldn't have computers or the internet or Frihost.com.
I'm pretty sure I'm a floater. I get along with just about anyone. My neighbor hood is pretty open and there really aren't any cliques. Every place has troublemakers and that is probably the only crowd that I try to stay away from.
I belong to the exactly the same group. Though I may be "intellectual" sometimes, I like to get some time out and go to malls with friends or watch a movie most of the time.
I would put myself in with the "cool guys" (as in the 4 or 5 that everyone else despises)
There is an aspect of jockyness, but not that much.
But I don't fit with them because of that, i am there due to my class clown/coasting attitude. I will always be up to go out drinking, or skip class and go the store.
I can also do (at least in their minds) anything electrical or computer related (i'm not being cocky, they just can't think of anything more challenging than fix these headphones or install IPL on my ipod).
Although other people consider me to be goth due to my dyed hair, piercings, and mostly black wardrobe, I'm really more of a loner. I only have one good friend, who I see about once a week, sometimes less than that. I rarely get lonely, which makes it okay that I spend all my time by myself. I don't try to make friends because I have no time for them. The fact that I'm in a band doesn't fit in much, but I have severe stage-fright, so I guess it works anyway. But with all this being said, I don't really like labels; I'm just me.
You forgot to add an "Other" option...
I would have chosen that one..
Yeaaa where the stoner at
n thornsofsorrow is weird
I am "me"! Not a floater but a free spirit. I live within the rules (mostly) but I don't play by them.