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What’s Wrong with Social Cliques?

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Everyone’s heard of them. In fact, most of our middle school lives were probably spent trying to fit into a specific one. They cause friendships to end, feelings to be hurt and bullying to occur. The culprit: social cliques. Most people see no problem with them because it makes them “fit in.” But really, all I see is people being torn apart.

Dr. Seuss once said “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Seriously though, why is everyone’s goal to fit in and be “normal” and hide their personality when it’s so much easier to just be yourself? As I scroll through my Instagram, it seems like everyone is concerned about reaching 100 likes or getting the “omg you’re so pretty!” comments. But, none of it seems genuine or real. The posed pictures with friends, the posts that crave attention and create drama, none of it appears to be true. The solution: be yourself. Don’t worry so much about who said what, or who likes whom, or what other people think about you. Worry about impressing yourself and thinking that you are the awesomest person that has ever walked on the planet.

Bullying shouldn’t be such a big issue. One of the biggest reasons for bullying is stereotypes and social cliques. If everyone thought that we were equal, there would be no reason to tease or mock others because they have less or don’t wear top-of-the line clothes. So let’s just stop it all. Stop judging people based on something your friend told you, or their looks, or the amount of followers they have on Instagram.

Inner circles or cliques are the reason for the division of people. There shouldn’t be a problem with going up to someone who’s different from your other friends and introducing yourself without having a mini-panic attack. It’s cliche, but seriously, just treat others the way you want to be treated. Tomorrow, go up to someone new and just say “hi,” or sit with the kid who sits alone at lunch and forget about what your friends think. If they think it’s “uncool” or stupid, that’s their problem. Be yourself and be awesome.

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