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Alice Yang
Yang is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star.
She is a student at Stephen F. Austin High School-FBISD.

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.
 
War of the worlds  

The people at my school can be conveniently split into two groups, the Honors and the Advanced. Honors classes are at a higher and harder level than advanced classes, the only official distinction between the two.

But unofficially, the two words open up two worlds, two ways of life so different from one another that you are either one or the other, but never, never both. Well, according to the student stereotype anyway.

The typical Honors kid is a nerd. No life, no fun, just a bag full of books and a head full of pomp. He possesses not an ounce of streets smarts, only residing in books and grades. Always thinking of the future, the Honors kid clings onto the GPA ranking list for dear life. Constantly chatting about school, tenaciously clawing for points, obviously he does not know the definition of fun.

The advanced kid is a lazy druggie. Stoned in class, hung over by morning, the kid sure knows how to have a good time. He may not pass the TAKS but he can definitely survive on the mean streets. Indifferent to classes, disrespectful to teachers, the advanced kid leads a fabulous and colorful social life. Fun? Thatís his middle name.

And so the war begins. Having classes with one group is a way of life. Every individual is suddenly part of a group, sworn into loyalty whether they like it or not. The Honors arrogantly look down upon their inferior brothers while the Advanced rigorously shake their heads at the pontificating windbags.

A kid in the middle? Oh, that rarely happens. But a slight crack in the colliding worlds may free one or two middle-ground beings. They are the only ones that know the truth, that the stereotypes are extremes, and that the majority of the people actually fall somewhere in the middle.

Yang is a contributing columnist for the Fort Bend Star. She is a student in FBISD.

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