Over the past few weeks, there have been a lot of field trips to USC by middle school and high school programs from the area. The process of growing up has definitely changed since I went through those tumultuous years, but some things will always remain the same: cliques, boys, homework, thinking the world revolves around you, etc.
Here are some quick observations of things that I’ve [apparently] learned since middle school that I might take for granted on a day to day basis, based on a typical lunch-time break at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center that turned a-typical when invaded by the youngins:
- The color of my backpack does not “totally define who I am” (overheard in Coffee Bean line).
- There is more to order at Coffee Bean than Ice-Blended Mochas.
- Crowding in front of fire exits is not a socially acceptable habit.
- A pack of 4+ people around me at all times is not a necessity to my survival.
- A credit card is not “free money from dad” (overheard in Coffee Bean line [different group of girls]).
- It does not take 10 minutes to put on mascara.
- An all-nighter means actually not sleeping, not working until 10pm and then “totally crashing” (overheard at Ronald Tutor Campus Center).
- There is more to the vampire world than Edward Cullen (much, much more).
- “Cooking” and “microwaving” are very different.
- Taking the big picture into consideration is much more important than the day-to-day stuff that in the end, really doesn’t matter.
I’m not quite sure when I realized these things, maybe some in high school, certainly during undergrad, but this lunch really made me stop and think about how different a person is 10+ years down the road.
By Stephanie Byrd