Recently, I was discussing my high school identity with a friend of mine, attempting to explain my desire to be that cool and aloof teen. Looking back, I can readily admit that I never quite nailed it. I was too dorky and silly, and I wore far too many bright colors (I love bright colors!). Trying to paint a picture of what I was like in high school, I told my friend that I wanted to be Daria, but I was too dorky.
When I was in high school, I loved to watch Daria. I was (and still am) a girl with brown hair and glasses, after all. What wasn’t to love? She spoke to the existential, sarcastic teen in me.
Looking back on my high school career, however, I can never claim to have been nearly as cool as Daria. If I had to pick a pop culture teen to align myself with, it would most likely be one of the Square Pegs girls. How depressing is that? Less concerned with popularity than them, but “don’t want to wear my glasses, but I have to wear my glasses”.
Give the epic title song a listen and then let me know who the comments who you were as a teen? Topanga? Clarissa? Cher Horowitz? DJ Tanner?
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I would say I had the love life of a young Liz Lemon and the social graces of Abed Nadir.