High school movies seem to portray students in cliques- from the Breakfast Club to Mean Girls to High School Musical. However, high schools don’t always tend to be that way.
It is usually natural instinct for people to hang out with those they feel most comfortable and have known for a long time to avoid having to speak with new people.
Nicholas Perez, Cambridge freshman, says, “I have my own clique since Kindergarten. The cliques are by strand and they usually know each other for a long time.”
Teens usually end up grouping themselves with people who have similar academic interests or share classes with them.
Juan Morales, senior in I.T., states, “Cliques aren’t in the sense of stereotypes but by strand. Like, Cambridge hangs out with Cambridge and I.T. with I.T. and Health with Health.”
However, it can also be completely unrelated to academics. “I think it’s just kind of random. If you and another person are alike in some way, like being laid back, you guys easily find something in common and you’ll eventually grow a friendship. Others may tag along,” Tyrese Wimberly, sophomore in Entrepreneurship, adds. “It’s just the matter of who you can relate to and what type of people a person likes.”
Are cliques necessarily a bad thing among high schools? Cliques usually provide a certain group of people to always be there for you.
“It’s good to be around people you can associate yourself with.” Cambridge freshman, Valeria Bula, adds.
However, some people, like Juan Morales, do not like to pertain to a clique. “I like to hang out with a variety, but there are some people that like to stay in their clique.”
Whether cliques are apparent or not in high schools, people tend to drift towards people that have things in common with them like age, gender, race, and different degrees of academics.