It Has Advantages & Disadvantages.

I grew up in a small city off the coast of Massachusetts. It's actually an island. Growing up here was tough because your business was everyone else's business. It was almost considered a rite of passage to have a rumor spread about you. I went through elementary & middle school struggling to keep a good head on my shoulders, but I also lost trust in people. I was betrayed in the 6th grade & everyone knew the story [or at least they thought they did] & I lost ALL my friends, but they were eventually gained back by the end of middle school because everyone found out I was leaving. I went to a Tech school rather than my city's high school. Nobody knew me there, except the other people from my city who went. I met my boyfriend there, I met a lot of awesome people. They all knew me as Heather, they never had any bias against me. But the advantages to living in my city is all the water & you know everyone & their reputation [which could also be a disadvantage]. So living in a small town, for me, was more of a disadvantage but I think I can manage a few more years here, especially now that I don't attend my local high school.

angelwngs angelwngs 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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There was a separate elementary school, middle school, and high school where you grew up? I thought you lved in a small town, that's what the experience says. My town has one K to 12 school with 104 students as of last fall. The students are made up of my town, two others, and all the neighbouring farms of all three towns.

Far better to be born there than to move into one and be an outsider like i was--and am--YIKES!!!

i think most small towns are like that rife with gossip, but if you can get past that, and look more at the communtiy spirit i dont think there such bad places to be, although since growing up i have lived in a few villages and i find they are nicer than the small towns more community and a little less false rumors, as the rumors dont have so far, to go, and thus not so far to grow lol. thanks for sharing your story hun. xxx