We're sending you back to the minors! Or: How to re-do the high school experience!

  1. Okay! Attention. Ahem!

    Frankie the Friendly Fairy flutters into the window on a sunbeam and tells you that your wish has been granted! Bright and early tomorrow morning, you will wake up in your old bed, once again 16 and in high school. You will have an opportunity to change your fortune and your future, but it is more than an opportunity- it is a necessity. If you choose not to participate you will be eliminated from the human race and reincarnated in the body of a french poodle. You are bound by some very loose rules:

    1) What you do or change has to be at least MINIMALLY grounded in reality.
    2) You are not a lottery winner.
    3) You do not lose more than 25% of your ORIGINAL body weight.
    4) You are not allowed to hurt anyone in a traumatic way, but revenge, should that be what you desire, is allowable. Be warned, though, that Frankie will be watching, and he's got a pink rhinestone collar with your name on it.
    5) You have to share how your change(s) would have affected your life today.

    Would you have made out with that cute boy in your French class? Would you have abandoned the Future Nurses of America Club to go-go dance on the weekend? Inquiring minds (Okay, Frankie, but he made me ask!) WANT TO KNOW.
  2. 37 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would have done my own thing much more and worried a hell of a lot less what the "in crowd" thought or did. That is about all I would change. I don't think of high school much and don't remember it as being such a wonderful time in my life. My 30s have been MUCH better actually.
  4. by   kitty=^..^=cat
    I would go to a different college, focusing more on "what do I want to learn?" than "what do I want to be?" --

    I would make a different decision about getting my ear pierced through the cartilage.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I'd turn the opportunity to go back to high school down.

  6. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    But stevie...then you'd be eliminated from the face of the earth!!!

    Just kidding!

  7. by   Rustyhammer
    Being a french poodle might possibly be better than doing High School again.
    If I were 16 again, I'd try to spend more time with my father.
    We never did anything really fun together.
    Now he is gone and it's too late.
  8. by   Brownms46
    I had a great time in HS, and there is very little I would have changed. Now there are some things I would have changed AFTER HS, but not really before.

    Maybe being an exchange student would be something I would have done, as I loved to travel even then. Not sure if I would have still become a nurse, as I have enjoyed that too!
  9. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    Awww, Rusty. How sweet!


    P.S. Any certain reason you picked a French Poodle??
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    oh ok, I guess if I have to do back . . .. sigh ..

    Well, first of all I'd take back in time with me the antibiotic zit stuff my kids all have so I wouldn't get called names because my face broke out. . . . .and I'd stop listening to that Janis Ian song "At Seventeen" which sadly became my anthem . . . .and I'd learn to wear make-up and fix my hair so I didn't look like as invisible as I felt . . . and I'd stand up to the snotty girls who congregated in their little "clique" making fun of girls who weren't quite their equal . . . .

    geez . . .do I have to go back.

    RUSTY - you gave me an idea . . .my grandmother offered to take me back to Arkansas for graduation to show me the farm where she grew up . . .I turned her down . .. too busy being a typical self-centered teenager . . .I would change that in a heartbeat . . she is now in a LTC after breaking her hip and now has either Alzheimer's or dementia . . and barely knows me. Thank you Rusty for reminding me . .
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on May 3, '03
  11. by   nessa1982
    I would pay more attention to school and have got better grades rather than just screw around..or I wouldve just did homestudy and started at a junior college earlier, I would be done with my RN by now if I had done that......
    oh yes... and I would not have cared as much about what other people thought .

    and spent more time wiht my grandmother (shes now passed on) and grandfather (vascular dementia, multiple CVAs).
  12. by   rachel h
    Wow- I was just thinking about this the other day. I think I would have made an effort to be more outgoing. I would have made more friends, played sports. I would have better prepared myself for college by taking a foreign language and more math. And I definitely would've done my own thing and paid less attention to what the "in" crowd thought... I wish I could go back and make highschool the best years of my life, 'cuz it sure wasn't even close...
  13. by   jnette
    hmmmmmm...the older I get, the more often I do consider what I might have done differently.. but back in H.S. ??? Since it was an "all girls" school, there were no boys in French Class to flirt with.

    I think KittyKat pretty much summed it up even for me...
    focusing more on what I wanted to LEARN...and seeing the learning as a privilege and opportunity instead of something I "had" to do.

    I would also have understood back then (since this is fairymagic, right?) something that I learned only much later in life ... that we are NOT chained to living out our lives being simply the product of others' opinions of us, but rather that WE are, indeed, in control of who we are as individuals and what we become.

    Once I freed myself from that ball and chain of believing and living out others' expectations and opinions of me, and realized the importance of my OWN opinion of myself.. how it could and would affect my entire life...a whole new world was opened to me.
  14. by   Nurse Ratched
    Oh my. I would have joined the track team. And the first time I broke up with my HS sweetheart, we would have STAYED broken up .

    I'll have to think about this some more....