In high school, I lowered my voice three octaves so I always sounded like I had a cold. I wore Abercrombie & Fitch cargo shorts. I wanted so badly to find where I belonged. I was part of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. I was a straight-A student. I was straight. I was a femme pretending to be a boy pretending to be a man. If I went to high school now, I'd be the mysterious one chainsmoking hand-rolled cigarettes and breaking hearts. I'd wear leather jackets and high-heeled boots. I'd skip classes to lie in the grass and write love songs for myself. I'd write poems on bathroom stalls and paint my nails black. The quote in my yearbook underneath this photo would say, "She will always be known as the girl who didn't go to Paris," or another equally iconic quote from The Hills. I would start a fashion club and make shit out of trash. Daydreaming about alternate realities helps me cope with the sadness I embodied as a teenager. What were you like in high school?