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backtoschool

Back to school time is upon us – it’s the bittersweet end of the fun and freedom of summer, and the anticipation and excitement of back to school shopping and making new friends! We all have such super fond memories of school, not only in our real lives but of course schools in fandoms. Many of our favorite characters had to do the school thing! So get out your trapper keepers, your Lisa Frank folders, your cute shaped erasers, and your gel pens as we go Back to School! Join us in answering these Inside the Theme questions on your own blog.

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into?
2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school?
3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends?
4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today?
5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why?

jean-grey-school

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into? I’m trying REALLY hard not to answer HOGWARTS to this question… So, let’s go with the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. I don’t know what clique I’d fall into, but I’d definitely be in the Alternate Dimension Explorer’s Club with Dr. McCoy.

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school? I totally loooooved school supply shopping. Picking out folders and binders and note books was always the most fun. Fun fact – did you know that I still have my pencil box from 2nd grade???? (That’s over 2o years old for those of you counting…)

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends? Oh man, younger me and me are still going through some things. I was bullied A LOT in elementary school and instead of having support from the adults, I would just get in trouble when I stood up for myself and fought back. I think “it gets better” is terrible advice. It’s true. It DOES get better, but you shouldn’t have to suffer through it now. Find your outlet, find those people who love the same things you do, find that support group – and don’t be afraid to find your voice, because you are worth way more than the haters make you feel.

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today? With plastic dinosaurs and an elaborate shelving system.

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? I loved learning. My favorite subject was math, and science. And art – anything art. I went to a performing arts high school (think FAME) and half my classes were arts based. The coolest classes I took were probably costume construction and mime troupe. Yes. I was a mime.

unseen-university

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into? I’d love to go to Unseen University from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I’d probably be found hanging with Ponder Stibbons in the High Energy Magic Building where they like to experiment and make things go boom (my paraphrase). What’s not to love? Giant feasts on the regular, cool castle-like tower to live in, and probably promotion to staff when you graduate. Plus, now that Ridcully is Archchancellor there’s very little chance of getting murdered in your sleep. Always a plus.

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school? Crayons. I always used to get one of the “special” kinds, either the metallic or the pastels, and I would color whenever I could. This hasn’t changed much. I also had a pink unicorn backpack that I was so attached to my mother had to keep replacing as it wore out…

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends? Be patient. Lord of the Rings will be cool again in about ten years. PROMISE.

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today? To look like the inside of the TARDIS. My high school lockers were blue but I wasn’t into Doctor Who back then which means there was a HUGE missed opportunity. Sigh.

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? Oh that’s hard to pick. If we’re still talking high school I was best at English (and now hold a bachelor’s in that), but I think the one I enjoyed the most was Environmental Science. It was the first class that ever truly challenged me in a good way (math was challenging in a make-me-cry way) and I wanted to do more and more of it. Why I didn’t go to college for THAT is a thing I will never understand. Oh, teenage Joanna and your questionable decisions. In elementary school my favorite subject was art or reading or maybe history. It depended on the school (I moved a lot) and the teacher, honestly.

whistling-pines-jr-high1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into? Lawndale High, where the jocks are hot and the people I accidentally light on fire will be even hotter. That, or Whistling Pines Junior High from the Purple Moon series, Rockett’s New School. I played those games so much I felt like I was actually attending this fictional school. I loved peeking into people’s lockers and all of the interactions among the cliques.

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school? I had a few very fierce Lisa Frank folders and a trapper keeper. I pretty much had all of the most obnoxious rainbow-colored unicorn-covered stuff imaginable. I also had a pencil box with Keroppi on it that was my LIFE. Sanrio was my jam and still is.

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends? Remember how this feels, and do your best to rescue others in this situation. Be kind and friendly to everyone. Someday start a club called the Geek Girl Pen Pals club where geeks can come to make friends!

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today? I would fill it with toys – so many toys! Stuffed animals falling out all over! I would also put some kind of cute colorful wallpaper on it, maybe something with tokidoki on it.

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? I loved art class the most, but I actually excelled at English even though I did not like it as much. I was very good at creative writing.

rydell-high-grease

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into? For pure comedy value I am gonna go with Rydell High and I would definitely be in the T-Birds (Pink Ladies are cool and all but I am too much of a bad ass)

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school? Urg I can’t remember this far back! Probably my new pencil case, I always had novelty ones!

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends?  Chin up…you won’t be fat forever

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today? With IGGPPC stickers and pictures of my favourite bands, comics and movies (pretty much the same as high school but without the IGGPPC stickers)

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? Art – my teacher was awesome and I love painting and creating. Science was also rad.

sunnydale-buffy-school

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into? While my first inclination is to pick Hogwarts, because, who doesn’t want to have magical powers? I actually choose Sunnydale High School. Sure there’s an above average mortality rate, but I’m fairly certain that my love of reading and research would have enabled me to outlast most of my peers. I’ve never been one to fit into a specific clique, I like to think that I could have gotten along with most people at school. Except maybe for Cordelia.

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school? The pencils with changeable leads. You know, the decorated plastic tubes filled with interlocking pencil ends – you’d slide the front one out when it was used and then pop it in to the back of the pencil? I loved taking out the used nib to get a new pencil when the old ones were worn down.

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends? Some people are worth keeping, some are not. You can’t force anyone to stay in your life, and more importantly, you should never feel that you need to. The people who love you for you will see your value even when you cannot.

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today? Pictures of my friends, my pets, and quotes from the books I love.

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? Honors English. Because I love reading, and writing. I also loved being challenged by the ideas in the books and essays we read. (Plus the curriculum was so much better than in the standard English classes.)

hogwarts-school

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into? Sorry y’all but I’m going with Hogwarts. Who wouldn’t want to go there? MAGIC, DUH! As a Hufflepuff, I would be doing the things that Hufflepuffs do, probably hanging out in their common room and eating lots of candy.

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school? Notebooks! I have always loved new notebooks. That fresh, clean notebook that’s unmarred, so full of possibility, ready to be filled with knowledge! And that new notebook smell! So good!

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends? Don’t try to be friends with the mean kids just because you think they’re cool. That’s not what you want. Those kids are mean to everyone, even their friends. Find people that love you for you, even if they’re not cool. You’ll outnumber the mean ones eventually.

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today? I would probably decorate it much like I decorated my cubicle at work. The walls are covered with postcards and cards that have been sent to me by Iggles and pen pals! That would be fun to do to a locker too, every time I opened it, I would be greeted with love from around the world!

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? I really loved science classes, and I’m a scientist now, so I guess that fits! I always found them fun and I loved all the hands-on stuff. I’m a very hands-on learner, so that style of class really suited me and I did well.

name-of-the-wind-university

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into?
Hoggy Warty Hogwarts. As a Ravenclaw, who likes Hufflepuffs, and hanging out and eating, I would make great friends with Toasty (if I could lure her out of her Common Room that is). For a less known pick, I’ll go with The University from the Name of the Wind. I’d like to think I was cool enough to attend Elodin’s Naming class, or get my Talent Pipes at The Eolian, but chances are I wouldn’t even be cool enough to know of their existence in the first place.

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school?
All.the.books! And I loved picking out the book wrapping paper every year (we had to wrap all of our school books – do other countries do that, I wonder?) It was very identity-defining; you could be a Disney girl in English class, a Pirate girl in Maths, and a Spice Girl in History.

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends?
You deserve better. Don’t believe those who makes you think otherwise.

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today?
In high school I decorated my locker with Moomin stickers, and I could see that happening again (Snufkin everywhere).

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why?
I loved Danish, because I had the best teacher, who encouraged me to write, and would use my stories as teaching material in class (it is entirely possible this didn’t do anything good for my street cred, but it did make me nurture my writing skills from a very early age). In high school I focused on Film, which was awesome, but my absolute favorite classes were Classics, Religious Studies, and Philosophy.

xaviers-school

1. Which fictional school would you love to attend, if you could attend any one, and what clique would you fall into? Hmm this is hard. On one hand I’d love to attend Hogwarts because magic! I’d definitely be friends with Hermione, studying my butt off and learning all I could. But I’d be excited to attend Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters because that would mean I was a mutant. Cool! I would enjoy befriending Kitty Pryde.

2. What was your most beloved back-to-school supply from elementary/primary school? Notebooks and pens! I loved a crisp, bare notebook to start writing and doodling in. And who doesn’t love a new pen?!

3. What advice would you give to a younger you, who may have been discovering who they are, being bullied, or making new friends? Do what makes you happy and don’t be afraid of change.

4. How would you decorate your locker if you had one today? I would decorate the inside of the locker door with pictures of friends, cats, and other cute things. I’d add some pretty postcards in there too. And anywhere there was a small bare space, I’d put a sticker there.

5. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? I always enjoyed English. I liked reading and it was fun spending a whole class discussing a specific thing about a book (as long as I liked the book). Plus book reports! I had teachers that let me do my book reports on the Harry Potter books!


Remember to join in the fun by checking out the “Inside the Theme” forum to contribute your own answers to these burning questions! Feel free to post them as a comment on the forum, or on your own blog! Use #InsideTheTheme to share your posts and answers on social media!