Reviews for Four Rules for Surviving High School
Annacathrine chapter 1 . 3/6/2006
I could have used this at the start of this year ] Especially 'So if you have any objections, just sit down and shut up, because you don’t know what you’re talking about anyway.' That is something I will never learn.
Mistress Jakira chapter 3 . 9/24/2005
I really hate to seem like a jerk. And in advance, I'm sorry to people who have reviewed who didn't intend any hostility. (Which may well be all of you.)

But I want people to take this essay in context. I'm extremely tired of reviews contesting my points, and as such, I want to make some clarifications.

This is for humor purposes. Completely! It's based on MY experiences in high school. If yours were different-say your teachers weren't all that old, great. Mine were. As a just turned college freshman (as of time of review), I know plenty of teachers, most of whom are indeed old. And I don't advocate not talking when you are supposed to talk. :p Try not to overgeneralize my rules or take them too seriously! :)

If you want to say that your high school experiences have been different, that's fine. If you think it isn't funny, you can say so. But to say something is wrong which is clearly not serious is, at best, redundant.

At the same time, I am thankful to all reviewers. I'm glad you thought this worth taking the time to comment!

I implore forthcoming reviewers to take my Four Rules for Surviving High School in context.

For those of you who said the language was too advanced for the audience: I disagree, but thank you for the advice. I added a chapter at the end that I hope compensates somewhat.

Thank you, everyone! :)
Vivix chapter 1 . 9/2/2005
I would have to agree on 3 and 4, because I've heard that at every Peace Week, Spirit Week, World Peace Day, every guidance seminar, and every time I walk next to an 'Individualism Rox!' poster. Not that it's bad advice, but I've heard it six times today.

But as a just turned Junior, I would have to highly advise against rule 1. Sit down, shut up is the perfect way for teachers to bitch slap you literally and ... gradely. I'm assuming you want to get good grades, and for that there's one word: suck up. Well, that's two. But still if you respond intelligently every now and then instead of pretending to be an air pocket, you might get somewhere.

And 2. What a load of crap. How many teachers do you actually know? Of all of mine, I'd say none if over 55. And before when I had one that was so old you could practically see Death sitting next to him, he could see a folder from a different class from across the room. Maybe we just differ, but I can't agree with the first half.
I Don't Mean to be Rude chapter 1 . 9/1/2005
It was well-written, but I must disagree with your rules. I'm in my fourth year of high school, and I believe the "Sit down, Shut up" rule might be a recipe for disaster to younger kids. If they don't express themselves, their opinions, they won't be prepared for the real world. If they don't take the opportunity to talk during downtime, they might not make friends in the class, and therefore be miserable for the rest of the year.

Sitting in front is fine for paying attention, but it has been my experience that teachers feel those students who sit in front are more interested, and thus call on them to give answers rather than the kids in back who they presume don't really care.

I like your message in rule 3-don't give in to peer pressures and don't let anyone make you feel bad about yourself. But I disagree that a newcomer to high school should enter with the assumption that their teachers won't know what they are speaking of. Listen to your teachers. You are bound to have at least one good one, and even if you disagree with what they say, take their opinions for what they're worth. I understand why you assert that teachers don't know what they're talking about (I had a particularly loopy teacher last year who was a former porn star...don't ask) but I have also had countless teachers who DO know what they're talking about, and who are interesting and excited about what they teach.

I very much like rule number four. Your writing is very sophisticated, and I like your wording. I might have come across like a bitch in this review, but I'm like this to everyone. The fact that I'm taking the time to review your story means that it was worthwhile and that I enjoyed it. Keep writing and I'm sorry if I offended you.
whimsical kitsch chapter 1 . 8/31/2005
Wow! I liked this! I have had worries about high school lately, since I'm in a Christian school now and high school will undoubtedly lead to more crowding and worse grades. This, however, encourage me greatly. Good job and thank you.
MuseErato chapter 1 . 8/30/2005
"shut up. you'll look smarter that way" was my survival rule in high school.

you give sound advice. however, you wrote the piece for your writing professor under the pretense that it was for eigth graders. your language is somewhat...pretentious for your target audience. words like "contrived," "preemptive," and "peripheral," are not everyday words for an average pre-high schooler.

here's some advice for you that i've learned in communications: if your target audience doesn't understand your message, you have not achieved your matter how ingenious your writing is.
Hip Like Badass chapter 2 . 4/2/2005
I've read a lot of high school survival guides (I didn't realize how many until I started writing this review... wow... that was a lot...) and while a decent number of them were funnier, this one is the most accurate I've ever seen. You may think it shouldn't be taken too seriously, but I think following all four rules obsessively would lead to a better highskool career. Uber kudos.*Gives Mistress Jakira a rolex watch for a job well done*
ta1nt3d1uv chapter 1 . 3/25/2005
Haha! Awesome piece, loved it and it's true too.
TearsOfTurquoiseAngels chapter 2 . 3/24/2005
This is cute. I especially like the part about teachers being old and blind.-Terra Icarra
shannon chapter 1 . 3/24/2005
i agree, except that upper classmen don't have as much power as they think.
chitoryu12 chapter 1 . 3/23/2005
Thank you. I'm 7th grade, and will soon be going into high school.
Alio Laski chapter 1 . 3/19/2005

Your sense of humour is great. o.o

I know from personal experience about rule #2! I sit in front in social studies and I never get called on. lol The guy doesn't even know I exist.

But sitting in the back is good for taking tests (a la Ben) and for talking while the teacher is lecturing pointlessly ((health teacher)).

Good essay :p
ogell chapter 1 . 2/3/2005
Sakura Ara chapter 1 . 2/1/2005
UGH! I hate High School! Bad experiences, worse people... *shudders*

I regret that I didn't read this before I graduated from that dreaded phase of my life. Gawds, I hate highschoolers. _'

Nice essay, by the way. ;) It clearly shows how cruelly the youth can act today. Makes you think of why the world has a culture of graft and corruption... heh heh.
Zeldadude70 chapter 1 . 1/31/2005
Wow, that's great! Great job! By the way, thanks for the great review on my poetry. That has inspired me to write more!
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