By Diane Ako
I was a nerd in high school. I'm not ashamed. I like being smart.
My friends were kids like the Math Club president, the Debate Team captain, the Honor Society students, the ones taking Advanced Placements courses in their senior year.
One of the guys in our group was the valedictorian who went to Harvard. Jen was the salutatorian who earned a double-Ivy league degree. Jen is one of my best friends today.
Sure, we were nerdy. We didn't drink, smoke, have boyfriends, sneak out at night. We still had fun, and we are all still friends who see each other on a regular basis.
I was reading a recent Time magazine article about Life After High School and laughing as I recalled those four years. I actually had a good time in high school. I have a lot of fond memories of Kamehameha.
This article quotes a study that says "the higher a student's academic rank in high school, the lower the probability that he or she experienced health problems in late middle age." Great, I'm hopeful that applies to me.
On the other hand, my husband was a jock- a world-class swimmer who threw himself into the sport starting at age seven. The story says "male high school athletes make more money as adults than do men who didn't play sports." I'm going to have to remember to approach him with this article in hand, and ask when I can be a trophy wife.
Here are tidbits about the two other archetypes: The class officer will grow up to be a person more likely to vote, volunteer, and be involved in social causes. The cheerleader/populars enjoy the "popularity premium," in which the more friends students had in high school, the more money they were earning 35 years later.
What were you in high school and where are you now?
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