There are a few classic movies about high school that have withstood the passage of time including 16 Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Clueless. However, in small town Vermont, those movies are more entertainment than relatable.
While there may be some similarities of small town high school in any state, Vermont teens experience some unique things that have nothing on those old flicks. Here are 12 things you know are true if you went to a small high school in Vermont.
1. Snow Day.
A snow day in Vermont doesn’t mean school is cancelled. It means the snow is so good that you’re allowed to skip school to head up to the mountain and turn tracks. Don’t worry, your parents won’t mind since they will likely be joining you.
2. The first day of high school is just a formality.
You met your teachers years ago. You see them at the movie theater, the gas station and out to dinner. And if the teacher is friendly with your parents, they have probably had dinner over at your house.
3. Student teacher conferences.
This may be time for your parents and teachers to catch up on how they have been rather than discussing your performance. Mainly because they have been updated already at the grocery store, on the bike path, or through car windows at the one town stoplight.
When someone from your town makes it “big” you talk about it for years. Oh, my husband played hockey with John LeClair as a kid? I must have missed that the first 500 times he told me!
5. They dream big.
Vermonters celebrated when 16 year old Ty Walker competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Later that year she won the first-ever World Cup for Big Air Snowboarding, an event that will make its debut in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Oh and she currently attends Ivy League Brown University. Right after the Olympics she visited her old school where my children got to meet her and learn that big dreams really CAN come true! (Remember #4? Brag, brag!)
6. Classmates for life.
Your high school graduating class has all the same people that were in your kindergarten class...
... And every class in between.
7. Slim Pickings.
The dating pool is very small. If your friend dated someone, they were hands off forever (even years after the breakup).
8. School may not be cancelled for weather reasons.
But you will always have Town Meeting Day off!
9. Driving lessons.
You learned how to drive when you were 12 if you lived on a farm, 14 if you didn’t.
10. Newbies rule!
Everyone wanted to date the new kid because they were, well, new.
Everyone thought, at least once, “I can’t wait to get out of this town.”
12. Welcome home!
They also thought, more than once, “I can’t wait to get back home.”
What did I miss? Tell me your experience with small town high school in Vermont in the comments!