How Bad is Your Grade Nine Yearbook Photo?

Yearbook photo taken of Cameron Diaz

My boss recently decided to start “Yearbook Thursdays” in our office. Everyone was asked to bring in their old high school yearbooks, no matter how embarrassing they are of you.

Last week was our kickoff week. We began in chronological order, starting with grade 9. Of all the grades to have a bad yearbook photo taken of you this grade was probably it.

If you’re like me, you began high school in the ninth grade. Coming from the same school that I attended for seven consecutive years, being forced into a new, much bigger school was very intimidating. Everyone was trying to make a good impression on each other, eager to show off those cool new clothes you bought from The Gap, or at least you thought they would be cool at the time.

Now looking back at how awkward I was, those new corderoys from Jacob Connexion I bought for the start of the school year, weren’t as hip as I thought they might be.

Grade nine for me was definitly an awkward time, hence the painful yearbook photo to go with the awkwardness of being a young teenager. However, if you looked your best when you were fourteen, then what do you have to look forward to? Being awkward was all about growing up and evolving into something better. If you don’t have those growing pains then it can’t make you the strong, beautiful person you are today. So now I look back at that grade nine photo, laugh and remind myself how far I’ve come and think it can only get better from here.

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2 thoughts on “How Bad is Your Grade Nine Yearbook Photo?

  1. Going from grade eight to grade nine is a perfectly constructed social lesson in the art of Getting On With It, even at the cost of hero-to-zeroness. It was terrible, but probably taught me all I needed to know about future transitions of its kind. By the time you start post-secondary, and then actually working, you’re a lot better prepared to be the New Guy / Girl because of it.

    Not that I’m saying your boss instituted this program to subconsciously cue emotions of submission and subordination in the employees (although this would be a brilliant trick if so.)

    Thanks for the comment on my end, and the Blogroll add – I’ll probably comment more on social media stuff in the future. I’ve added you in kind!

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