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Added August 01, 2013

Cliques

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Whether you're in elementary school, middle school, high school or collegecliques happen! No matter how old your are, there is a good chance you have felt the pressure to fit into specific cliques.

 

We all like the feeling of belongingwhether it’s to a sports team, a club at school or a group of friendsit’s nice to find a common bond with others. While we might not consider ourselves a part of a “clique,” to others it may appear like we belong to an exclusive group.

 

The word "clique" has a bad connotation. It reminds you of that one group of girls in your school that is snobby and mean to anyone who isn't as pretty, thin or smart as they are. Not all cliques are bad. Just because you have your own clique of friends to hang with doesn't mean you spend time talking behind other people’s backs, or judging them on how they look.

 

There are both bad cliques and good cliques. Here are some helpful warning signs that should make you re-evaluate who your friends are:

  • One of your favorite activities to do as a group is make fun of people, whether it is behind their backs or right to their faces.
  • Your friends pressure you to do things you do not want to do, including drink alcohol or steal.
  • Your friends pressure you to get into trouble with them, like cutting class or letting them cheat off of you on a test.
  • They make fun of you when you do well in school.
  • They make fun of you when you don't do well in school.
  • They tease you if you have a different opinion from them.

 

When you're a teenager, having a group of friends that you can relate to is important. This is the time when you want to break away from your parents and create links with people your own age, which results in the formation of cliques. And remember: in the end you are the one in charge of yourself!

 

Your friends can be a great support system, especially when it seems like everything is going wrong. The group of people you associate with should be happy for you when good things happen and not be jealous. They can encourage you to do great things. You should be able to openly voice your opinions and values with your friends. You should be defined by your actions and values, not your friends! Just be you!

 

Having great groups of friends is awesome, but it doesn't mean you should only stick to hanging out with one group. It's OK to branch out from your core group of friends. If you limit yourself to a clique, you'll miss out on all of the other interesting and fun people walking through the halls of your school.

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LavenderRose
LavenderRose
Posted July 18, 2013
There is lots of different Cliques. The most important thing to remember is that you have your good popular and bad popular cliques. Good Popular Cliques: Nice to everyone. Will Let anyone in thier group that is not mean or rude. Very stylish and talks to everyone. Bad Poular Cliques: Need to be center of attention. Always gossiping and being rude. They don't care about anyone else but, theselves. They have a mean look on their faces all the time, mostly, peircing look in eyes.
xxfiguresk8erxx
xxfiguresk8erxx
Posted April 29, 2013
it's funny there are a lot of cliques at my school (it's a big school) but the popular clique is actually NOT snobby and mean. sure, they may curse, but they're actually really nice and will talk to anybody. they're nicknamed SLICE by everyone else but they actually don't see themselves as popular! I was so scared of being picked on by other girls when I first got into middle school but now I realize that I don't have to worry. :)
Charjudith
Charjudith
Posted April 29, 2013
That list, most of it, we do to eachother, in a playful way of course! It's just the way we are, people like us... I think, you know, we're silly, but sarcastic, so either people laugh with, or at us, either way, its fun
BeachCrazed82
BeachCrazed82
Posted February 17, 2013
There are two popular cliques n my school, even though don't see why they are popular. They are really mean to absolutely everyone, and change boyfriends every week. I mean these girls literally rotate boyfriends! They are also extremely stupid, and they wear way too much make up. Any of you guys deal with girls like that?
rose1118
rose1118
Posted December 26, 2012
I don't know what I am at school....I have straight As and care about school alot. Also I am a band geek (that is what we call ourselves, orchestra people are orcha dorks.) But in my school Band is cool. and i can be really intense if someone is bothering me or in my space or business. sooo i don't knowwwww?
Bubbly4eva
Bubbly4eva
Posted December 30, 2012
With my school its weird!so like our cliques change sometimes from boys to girls, and to populars to quiet ones. so I will admit im well basically the most popular girl. it sounds snotty and sometimes i think i am but im not if i get to know you. with my whole grade there is only 30 people and a lot of them are quiet. in the popular its like me and like 4 other really good friends of mine,and then like almost all the rest of the guys.we only have like 13 girls and the rest are guys.like one of my friends came here last year to the school and she thought that I would be really snotty cuz im like the most popular girl but she said you were the only one that actually talked to me and other people.like they dont like to interact with others.
AliceOak32
AliceOak32
Posted October 18, 2012
Check check check man i really really need a BF!!!!!
Jaydin101
Jaydin101
Posted November 11, 2012
My school has a very "popular" group called the "Sophias". (They follow a girl named Sophia) they are all soccer stars and don't really care about others....) But my best friends and I have our own group called the "Bus Clan" (We all take the bus together) We enjoy school days cuz we are nice to others and share our opinions. We are the best of friends.
ReaderWriterDrawer27
ReaderWriterDrawer27
Posted July 30, 2012
check, check, check, and check. Man I really need new friends... Except my 2 BFFs from pre-k, they aren't like the attributes listed.
Lovie19Girl
Lovie19Girl
Posted December 26, 2012
My friends and i are in the popular group but we aren't mean girls even when people annoy us. When people annoy us we keep it to ourselfs. We are only popular because we are nice, sprtsy, true, and a little spicy. We hang out with the jock guys who wear long shorts year round. But we also hang out with other people. Not all of us are mean.
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