Sunday, October 30, 2011

When Everybody Thinks You're A Nerd

After my .015 minutes of almost-fame the other day (not to be confused with actual fame), I noticed that I had also been getting some slack for that video of my Humorous Interp. In fact, one website dedicated to making fun of Christians (at least that was my impression) even posted about me and my nerdiness. Lots of people left comments. Here are some that stood out:

"You just got homeschooled." (I'm gonna use that and make it a catchphrase.)
"That is a severe case of homeschooling right there."
"nothing about her that screams 'saving my first kiss for marriage.' nope. not a thing."

At first I was very puzzled. Why would they make fun of me? I'm not famous. What did I do to them? Did they think I wasn't the gifted Googler that I am who was bound to find out about it? Apparently. Or they just didn't care.

The weird thing about these comments are that they are sooo unoriginal. I mean, really. Anyone who has a least one eye can spot a homeschooler a mile away. And the last one is, well, a compliment. I was actually pretty elated when I realized he was being sarcastic. In fact, having a severe case of homeschooling is a good thing, too. But I still couldn't answer one question: what did I do to them?

Then it hit me. I'm a Christian. I'm homeschooled. I'm a nerd. And they were jealous of my bright red suit.

Okay, probably not the last one. Actually someone made fun of that too. I told you they were unoriginal.

Obviously, when it comes to teasing, it's not just me. We all get grief for being antisocial homeschoolers with no friends (except siblings!) and no social skills, and though we may be geniuses, we don't know how to socialize or talk to people in a social environment. Because homeschooling=bubbleschooling.

Actually that would be really fun. A school of bubbles. My bubbles. But anyway. It's kind of awesome that being homechooled means you get to be a nerd and that's fine. Hey, it's better than the alternative(s). (Not being homeschooled, not being a nerd, it not being ok, not being allowed to uses parenthesis, ect.) And here's the thing: most homeschooled kids don't care that they're dorks. Especially the speech and debate type. Folks, it doesn't get much nerdier than us. My sister once said that speech and debate is the nerdiest club besides chess. I disagree. I think Math Club is also slightly less cool. But even though we're dorks, we're ok with that, so ha.

Maybe someday, everyone will be debating and speaking publicly, but we'll say we did it before it was cool. That will be awesome.

What about you? What's your best teasing story?

You're homeschooled, and you just got homeschooled!


  1. Actually, it does get Nerdier than Speech&Debate. Much, much Nerdier. For example, I've seen every episode of Star Treks TNG, VOY, and DS9. I know all types of behind-the-scenes facts about Star Wars, such as the details as to how Boba Fett escaped the Sarlacc after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. I understand time travel entirely because of Doctor Who. I've heard of Babylon 5, not to mention the fact that I've seen every episode plus the full length specials. I was chess champion in my library's Chess Club. I know the difference between a dragon and a wyvern. I know what type of dinosaur the Loch Ness Monster most likely is. My OO is on the different types of science fiction! Not to say that Speech&Debate isn't Nerdy to some extent, but it's not the fullest extent of Nerdiness.

    To answer the question as to my best teasing story, it ("it" being my /only/ teasing story, sadly) was when I was eight years old. I was at soccer practice, and my teammates asked what school I went to. I replied that I was homeschooled, and they immediately began making fun of me. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't. :P Of course, I eventually quit soccer. After all, Speech&Debate is much more awesome. :D

  2. Oh my goodness, Jared. I guess you are a nerd. I mean that in the nicest way possible. :)