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ATHENS ORACLE

The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Nathan Pitchford
Nathan Pitchford
Staff Writer

Nathan Pitchford is a freshman at Athens. He's a staff writer for the Oracle. He likes playing video games and reading books. He's looking forward to getting better at writing and making some (hopefully)...

Crystal McCabe
Crystal McCabe
Staff writer

Crystal McCabe is a senior at Athens Drive High School. She is one of the Idea hunters for Athens Oracle, and in her free time, she enjoys exploring new cuisines, hanging out with her friend Nae McLean,...

Danazia McLean, also known as Nae, is a senior at Athens Drive High School and a member of the Idea Hunters of Athens Oracle. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, hanging out with her friend...

We’re all posers

I am very attached to the things I love. It took me a while to develop a style and music taste that I felt strongly attached to after experimenting with many uncomfortable “phases.” How I dress, who I listen to, the art and literature I appreciate, are all a huge part in defining who I am now, my very essence of being.

So if I ever saw someone who normally streamed top 40s hits wearing a shirt from my favorite band, or the slacker in my English class reading one of my favorite novels, I would be slightly offended. I also – for whatever reason – failed to believe them.

How could this lowly human suddenly share the same divine interests as me? I could not conceive that they had developed this interest themselves, but rather, I assumed they were a poser, a fake.

I know now that there is no such thing as a poser, or if there is then we all are one. No one is born with an intrinsic love for art and literature. Part of what makes being human so astounding is our ability to develop a taste for these things without being born with an innate interest.

When I was a sophomore, I pretended to like Kanye West because a boy I was into liked him. I ended up really really liking Kanye (and not the boy), but for a while there I was a complete “poser.” If anyone caught me listening to him, they would question me and suspect I was not a true fan. It was almost as if I had an image for me set in stone that I was not allowed to stray from. My prior interests had mandated in others’ eyes what I could and could not be passionate about.

The fact remains that people should be able to do whatever they want as long as they are not harming others. Creating an image for someone based on your current perception of them and ascerting what they can and cannot be interested in is just as oppressive as telling someone they cannot do something because of their race, gender, sexuality, etc.

We live in an amazing age where we have access to different culture and eras at our fingertips. To confine oneself to a narrow spectrum of music and styles would be unfortunate when such a vast selection exists.

Believing that my peers were posers just because they were experimenting with something new (or trying to impress someone – I mean, who cares), was oppressive not only to them but myself as well. I would never want a list of which artists I can listen to and what movies I can enjoy, and to create that list for someone else is just shameful.

Because I try to no longer make assumptions about others, I am slowly getting more and more apt at ignoring my peer’s comments when they suggest I’m not “really” into that band. Now, if someone who doesn’t know me well scoffs when they hear me humming to Beyoncé or streaming Nicki Minaj, I can move past it. I also feel a little bad for them because they are not able to deliver themselves away from the cultural norms they have established for themselves.

In order to stop ourselves from mandating what we can and cannot listen to or wear, and we must first stop placing restrictions on others for the same things.

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