Clique: the term you used to only see in movies like Mean Girls or High School Musical. They were fun to watch, but are cliques starting to become real problems in high schools? A clique is a group of people and is often used when discussing stereotypes, for example like goths, emos, preps, jocks, etc. Although those examples might be a little exaggerated, there are different groups of people that hang out on a regular basis. All share similar interests, enjoy being in a group, and having something in common with those around them.
Tara Byers (’18) said that she believes there are cliques at East. Byers also stated that her definition of a clique is a group of people with common interest who tend to exclude anyone who is different from them. Byers feels as though she is not part of a clique.
Elizabeth Alison (’18) stated “my definition of a clique is a group of friends or people that have similar personalities who get together and spend time with each other around schools.” Alison does think that there are cliques at East and says that she is a part of one because she hangs with a group of friends that have similar personalities and share similar interests. To her, a clique is a laid back group of people who like to have fun on the weekends and live life like it’s their last day.
Najavi Arcos (’18) says that there are cliques at East. Her definition of a clique is a group of people who hang out most of the time. Arcos stated “I do think that I’m part of one because I hang out with certain people and we like the same things and that’s why we get along so well.”
So there are cliques, and they are different in their own ways. Not everyone thinks they are a part of a clique though. You don’t have to be part of a clique to survive in high school as long as you feel good with the people you hang around. Are cliques benefiting East or do you think they cause more conflict on campus? Tweet to let us know what you think! #EFcliques