Thursday, September 4, 2014

If You Knew Me In High School

I went to what could possibly be the smallest public school in Illinois.

My senior year there were 12 of us!  Seriously.  That year, the whole school touted 60 students.
Small, huh!?!?

The size of the school definitely had some things going for it, but it was also part of my issues with high school.  I actually don't keep in contact with any of my other 11 classmates.  Despite our class/school size, we weren't close at all.  We were for the most part "friends", but I contribute that to size and proximity.  If the 12 of us went to a big school, there is no doubt in my mind we wouldn't have been in the same clique.

While I was not Suzy High School nor did I win any Best (whatever) yearbook contests, I was a cheerleader for all four years!  Shocking I know.  I really enjoyed it too! 

Other than cheerleading, I was also very involved with our school's FFA chapter.  FFA really gave me a 'home'.  I met some fantastic friends through my involvement with that organization, as well as 4-H!  After connecting with other kids who shared my passion for agriculture, high school got much easier.  It no longer bothered me that I didn't really fit in with the other kids, I had my own clique!

Outside of school and my other youth activities, I also worked part time at the horse barn where I took riding lessons.  My riding instructor and I are still very close and without her, I don't know where I'd be!  During summer vacation, I took up residency in their guest room.  My horse even stayed at their farm because he needed to be where I was!

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Linking up with Libby at Health, Love & Fire.


  1. I love this! Your eyes are so blue in that first picture! It sounds like you definitely stayed busy while in high school!

  2. This is awesome! Thanks so much for linking up! I went to a small school, but definitely not that small, although the next town over from me has about the same size graduating class. I love that you took riding lessons, as I did too in high school!

  3. I love it! Thanks so much for linking up!!
    Wow! You really did go to a small school! That's quite a difference from my graduating class of 450ish!

  4. wow such a small school! I graduated with over 500!

  5. I thought my graduating class was small with 150! I can imagine that was probably really tough only going to school with 12 people.

  6. Love this post! I think I'm gonna have to "borrow" this idea sometime!

  7. Love FFA. So so so much.
    TWELVE students? Holy cow. That would be both awesome and ridiculous. I can imagine high school meant a whole different set of experiences for you!

  8. Wow, 12?! That makes my class of 70 seem huge. And woop woop for cheerleading and 4-H - I did both too!