Going Back to High School

Happy Hump Day Joyflakes!

I know that I've been gone for a bit but I promise I'll never leave you for good. 

This morning I had a pretty interesting experience. Since I work for a college planning website, it is not uncommon for me to be talking to high school students, their parents, and their guidance counselors but generally I do it over email, wordpress comments, or at college fairs. 

Today, we needed to deliver some fliers and stickers to my old high school so I volunteered to do it since I know my way around the building. From the moment I turned onto the street where my school is located, I felt like I was in some kind of alternate reality time warp and it was weird. There are certain things that were EXACTLY the same and others things that were totally different. Here are the things that go through your mind when you return to your high school almost a decade later.

"WTF, why are all of the visitor spots taken?!

I know I'm not the only one who regularly pulled into the parking lot with one minute left to get inside, put my stuff away, and get to class. Clearly the best option was to pull into one of the visitor spots located right next to the handicap parking and the principals spot and risk the ticket rather than risking being late. Now? I can't believe how inconsiderate those students are, can't they see I've got better things to do than drive around a high school parking lot looking for a spot?!

"Wait...wasn't this a parking lot?? When did that part of the building get there??"

Clearly parking took longer than expected...but in all seriousness, they've added like three new sections to the building since I graduated. 

"Do I really have to sign in as a visitor? I haven't been gone long enough to be considered a visitor right?"

Honest truth? You've been gone for almost a decade...no one will recognize you and that means they'll think you're some creep. Better to just sign in and avoid the awkwardness. Bonus? They can't be mad at you for parking in the faculty lot if you're clearly signed in as just visiting.

"Have those signs always been there?"

Since when do they need to have signs to tell me that the main office is the one right inside the door? I'm sure that one was always there, but there were also signs telling you which direction to go to with room numbers and other common sense things. I guess all of the additions makes it easy to get lost!

"God these kids look young!"

When you manage to get stuck in the hallway between passing time the age difference between you and the students becomes REALLY apparent. There is no way that I looked that young when I was a student there.

"They got new lockers?!"

It sounds crazy but I was actually a little jealous of the fact that the lockers are brand new. My school was built during the depression as a workforce development project so it's OLD and I feel like some the lockers we used had been there since the place was built.

"Why is everyone carrying their backpacks?"

We weren't allowed...no hats either. 

"Chip is still here?!"

Chip was the hall monitor at my school. He was beloved enough to be voted by our class to speak at graduation. But I swear he was like two years from retirement then...how is he not retired yet?!

"I can't wait to get out of here"

I loved high school. It was easy, I had a great group of friends, and I didn't have to be an adult yet. But being there today was just too weird. Not to mention, the conversations I overheard during passing time made me realize how old I am. It was like they were speaking a different language.

I still have a couple of years until we will have a class reunion and I'm sure that I'll attend when we do just to see what happened to people I've lost touch with. The thing is? I'm glad I don't have to go back and relive high school quite yet.

Have you been back to visit your school since graduating?