Cliques exist everywhere

I attend a small school with only 120 students, and there are a few cliques. I think that cliques can be good for people that share the same interests, talents or have a lot in common. But they can also be bad if they exclude a person that wants to be a part of their clique or bully that person.

 Matt Herter, freshman at Hawbridge School

There are occasions in our lives where, when we meet a group of people, we simply “click.” These people share similar interests, tell similar jokes and may even look similar. Everyone wants to be understood and liked and these groups of people with similarities, also known as cliques, can really give the feeling of acceptance.

However, these cliques, which can create a feeling of acceptance for one person, can create a feeling of isolation for another. For some reason, cliques become very exclusive and pretty much defeat the initial purpose of acceptance, because for every person who is in a clique, there are a lot more who are excluded from said clique.

 Brittany Carter, freshman at Alamance Community College

Cliques are all around us and affect people in many ways. Cliques aren’t just limited to high school or the teenage population. It seems to extend to adults in the workplace and even churches. Accepting others and learning tolerance would be a good thing for everyone to learn

Kaitlin Gillespie, sophomore at Western Alamance High School

Cliques aren’t known for being examples of good behavior, but rather an advertisement of bad behavior.

In truth, they are formed by weak individuals who are quick to exclude others because they are afraid of being excluded themselves. People in cliques would rather be mean to others than have to be alone.

 Kari Spencer, home-schooled freshman

Cliques can be bad when they lead to bullying or exclusion, but sometimes the common interests of the group can further help an individual that has the same interests as the group. A group of musicians, for instance, may get together and play instruments, and this can be good. Cliques should be defined more by the behavior of the participants rather than the definition of “clique” itself.

 Thomas Herter, junior at Hawbridge School

I don’t like cliques because you don’t get to meet a diverse group of people. How can you ever get a new perspective of the world if you’re always hanging out with the same people with the same interests? 

Rachel Anne Spencer, home-schooled junior

Cliques arise out of the need or want to be accepted and make friends with people who have similar interests. It is when cliques are exclusive and hurtful that they become a bad thing.

Joan Hedrick, junior at Weaver Academy

Cliques are apparent every where I go and I have to get used to them. Cliques happen because people with similar interests tend to stick together. However, I believe that cliques can mix and do not just stay separate from everyone else like people see on TV or in movies.

Katie Kaczynski, student at Western Alamance High School

Cliques are just as damaging to the people on the inside as it is to people on the outside. The comfort zone that cliques create is really just driven by the fear of experiencing new things; and fear always prevents people from living life to its fullest.

Candace Hall  is working toward her Associates Degree at Alamance Community College

When you think of cliques, you may think of high school. However, my opinion varies a bit. Preteens are so eager to “find their place” in the world that they begin to label themselves. A clique makes one feel like they belong and that there are other people just like them; however, cliques also come at the rejection of others. Cliques can just as easily make people feel as if they don’t belong anywhere and as if no one identifies with them. While cliques have their pros and cons, I believe that it important not to label yourself as one thing or another (prep, jock, nerd) and to branch out to all types of people. You could be pleasantly surprised. 

 Holly Bouldin, sophomore at Alamance Community College

Cliques in high school stay in high school. College is totally different. There are so many different personality types interlaced within different organizations that cliques seem few and far between.

Lenzie Purcell,  sophomore at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cliques are a big part of our society, one that will always exist. Whether we choose to admit it or not, we are all part of some form of clique. If you are a member of a high school band, you are in a clique. If you are part of a circle of friends of any shape or size, you’re in a clique, too. If you think about it real hard, I’m sure you can figure out which clique you’re in.

 Paul Jordan, senior at Western Alamance High School

Cliques have always been present in social situations and inevitably they will always remain. However, we as humans have a choice as to whether we take part in forming cliques or not. You can choose to be the person who welcomes new people into your job, school, etc. I’ve found that being like that has gained me more lifelong friends than I would’ve had I allowed myself to be consumed by cliques.

Kristian Whitesell, high school graduate  

I’ve always tried to avoid cliques and make an effort to talk with everybody so no one feels excluded or lonely. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that we “are ambassadors for Christ” and therefore we should always strive to be kind to everyone we encounter in our daily lives so people can see Him through us.

CJ Click, senior at River Mill Academy

Cliques are everywhere and they affect everyone. They are even in churches, which is pretty bad considering it is the Lord’s house and we should be loving everyone no matter who they are. We shouldn’t shut a person out just because of what they wear, their skin, their religion or who they are. Everyone has feelings and everyone has a heart. Adults get it at work, too. It’s like repeating high school all over again and I know no one wants to do that again. Don’t reject the unfamiliar of another person. We all heard our teachers talk about the golden rule in elementary school. So why not put it to good use? That’s one rule you should always follow.

Jessica Page, home-schooled senior

It’s natural for people of similar circumstances to gravitate toward one another, but when the groups of people refuse to venture outside of their group simply because it’s uncomfortable, and then they begin to isolate and elevate themselves. It’s hard to feel insecure in a group of people that are all like you. Cliques are more of a self-defense mechanism than anything. 

 Chandler Koury, home-schooled junior

Small groups of like people at school commonly known as cliques are both good and bad. Cliques can be good in that it makes kids feel accepted. Unfortunately, at the same time, kids that don’t fit in a clique feel left out. It seems that clique is just a label; it shouldn’t describe or define who you are.

 Rebecca Herter, sophomore at Hawbridge School  

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