THE NEW KID: My Rocky High School Start
I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and went to public school my whole life. However, when I was 14 my family moved to Montreal, and my parents enrolled me in a Catholic all-girls high school. They thought it would help me make friends.
On the first day of class, we didn’t have to wear uniforms. I learned this was a privilege but on that day, I realized it was every student’s opportunity to showcase their over-exaggerated style. My style was awkward–pink hair, boobs way too big to not be wearing a bra, a striped polo shirt and pants (duh).
Unlucky for me, I was seated between ironic goths in Spice Girls t-shirts and a clique known as the ‘Cherry Lip Gloss Club’ (or CLGC for short). I felt out of place, and it didn’t help that a CLGC girl was assigned to show me around. Oh, and the next day I accidentally tucked my kilt into my underwear. That didn’t do much to help my cause either.
I was introverted and preferred writing songs (this would become my profession) while thinking my dog was the only one who understood me (ha ha, I still feel this way). However, I did make friends in school. I soon got along with the goth girls and even made friends with the more compassionate CLGCs who thought I was ‘zany’ (I hate this word).
A high school mate recently pointed out that I was the only person she knew who didn’t change (aside from dropping a few pounds and uh, getting a bra). Even better is that I ran into a CLGC girl a few years ago (the one who showed me around on the first day of class) and she turned to me and said, “Laura, you’re really pretty and famous.” I laughed. My hair was still pink.
LAURA LLOYD MAY POSSIBLY BE MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC’S MOST ENTHUSIASTIC FAN OF LABRADOR RETRIEVERS. BEYOND HER LOVE OF DOGGIES, SHE PLAYS GUITAR BEHIND HER LONG PINKISH BLONDE HAIR IN NO JOY (TOTALLY WICKED JAMS). HER BAND’S NEW ALBUM Wait to Pleasure IS OUT NOW ON MEXICAN SUMMER.