In Honor Of The Premiere Of Awkward, An Awkward Story From My High School Experience

Awkward. An outcast. A carefrontation letter. An accident that everyone thinks is a suicide attempt. A Juno-y main character. Two hot guys. A decision to be made.

Try to get with the picture here. Season 2 of MTV’s summer 2011 breakout Awkward premieres Thursday, June 28th at 10:30/9:30c, and even though I am already starting to flip flop on the Matty vs. Jake dilemma, I can’t wait to find out which way Jenna is leaning. In honor of the high school awkwardness that is portrayed on the show, it seems only fitting to share a story from my own high school experience.

Unfortunately, this is proving to be a more difficult task than anticipated. Not because I didn’t have awkward experiences in high school, but because my high school is such a big ball of awkward that it’s hard to extrapolate one individual incident.

The Sparknotes on my high school: All girls. Catholic. Nuns. Plaid Skirts. Knee socks. Girls had competitions to see who would go the longest without shaving. Our nickname was the Gorillas, and we embraced it. I got detention for my knee socks falling down by my ankles after walking up the stairs. My history teacher talked more about his fly fishing shop and two fat cats (Brianna and Anna Banana) than the Founding Fathers. Sometimes a lesbian couple played footsie and gave each other massages in class. In seventh grade, we had a one-man passion of Christ reenactment where a guy came and screamed at us because, apparently, every time you use birth control you are actually whipping and crucifying Jesus Christ. (I swear I’m not making this up.) Our favorite piece of entertainment was a video of a sex speaker listing off STDs so fast it would make your head spin.

I loved every second of it. But the point is, while my high school experience is probably a little bit different than Jenna’s (mainly because well, there weren’t two boys in my school to even choose from), everyone’s high school experience was awkward in one way or another.

And on that universal premise alone — plus the show’s squirm-worthy and charming humor — Awkward is hard to not relate to, and even harder not to like.

So watch with me when season two premieres on June 28th at 10:30 pm/9:30c on MTV.

This post was sponsored by MTV’s Awkward.

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