In high school, I was never invited to parties.
- I was an academically-focused student and took a multitude of AP courses from my sophomore year until the end of my senior year, which made it hard to be friends with popular kids.
It wasn’t always really easy for me to make friends either. Back in elementary school, the differences in intellect from one student to the next weren’t nearly as apparent as they would become once we all got to high school age. That’s why I believe it was easier for me to maintain friendships before the age of 10. It felt like we were all on the same level back then and my mind was jumping ahead a few grades like it would once I reached the age of 13. I struggled with this in high school because I didn’t feel like I had much in common with my peers. It was a lot easier in college because I attended a small liberal arts school where you had to be a good student to get accepted in the first place. The parties there were large and in student courtyards, so you didn’t have to be “invited” to show up and have a good time with other students. I learned really quickly that socialization was easier for me when cannabis was involved. I’d often roll joints and pass them around with other students while chatting with them about one thing or another. The better the weed, the happier you make the people you meet in these situations. I miss those days in part because of the feeling of being part of something bigger that pervaded the whole experience of being a student at that school.