I’m trying to identify the signs of “cool” “nerd” “wannabe” “different” and “rebel”, but I can’t. I just know it.
You walk into a classroom; they are all wearing the same uniform, many of them the same hairstyle and accessories, but I can pick them out and identify them correctly based on really nothing: a posture, an eagerness in the neck, an eye roll, a furtive glance, an idiosyncrasy like pen tapping, taking off shoes, sitting on feet, biting lip, making hair…so much more than what they say and what they wear. I can’t tell you which is which, because a blinking eye on one person is innocence and chutzpah on the other.
But I’m right, usually always.
Every girl can be whatever type they want to be –no one is “locked in” based on looks alone, but I know they feel that way. Either way, I’ve seen ugly popular girls and beautiful nerds
I am who you think I think I am.
(I don’t need to hear that I shouldn’t be judging students; I’m not. I’m just making a sociological observation)