Exposing The Truth Behind Social Groups In DJIS

                             Exposing the Truth Behind Social Groups in DJIS

“The division feels isolating and demanding, as though something is wrong with you or you were even born wrong.”
~Anonymous Junior student

It has long existed since the Neolithic Revolution, about 11,000 years ago, separating the subordinate slave from his senior King. Flash forward 11 centuries into the future, and the concept still exists, managing its way through the contemporary lives of men, women, and even children. Although its effect isn’t that influential, social division does exist in Dar Jana International School.

However, what is it that really forms these so-called social groups?

Well, if you’ve ever watched any teenage movie, you’d recognize the diversity of coteries in the school. You’ve got the jocks, the goths, the nerds, the geeks, the clowns, the gangsters, the Alphas, the Betas, and even the normals!

But since our school is single-sexed, these specific divisions cannot exist, and thus different groupings must prevail. What are they?

Well, as part of my research, I decided to unravel the truth behind these societal divisions and began by setting a list of steps beforehand that would gradually expose the concealed truth.

First, I’d observe the different groups of students sitting together in breaks. Then, I would compare the nationalities and interests of these people until I detect some sort of resemblance (the bonding factor). Finally, I’d draw the conclusion and expose the truth behind these social divisions.

Step 1: Gathering evidence:
I walk into the school premises 7 A.M in the morning when I spot my first social group: 5 students, 4 of which are Egyptian, sitting on top of a flight of stairs in front of our school’s Learning Center. I instantly detect the bonding factor that holds these students together: football. Although I cannot fully generalize the nature behind their bond, it seems to me that these 5 students seem to always be discussing soccer matches from previous nights.

Then, on my first lunch break, I walk into the Learning Center for community service, ignorant of what awaited me. As I enter the room, I spot my second social group: a trinity of three foreign students who seem to always discuss Percy Jackson novels and cricket matches. I ask the librarian of the nationalities of these students only to find out they are all from Pakistan. My curiosity of the nature of social groups peaked at that moment, and I needed answers more than ever.

Step 2: Drawing Conclusions:


After reporting over 7 social groups, I have reached the following conclusions:

Members of a specific social group have a certain “frequency”

 

Indeed, when I was scavenging for social groups and attempting to detect bonding factors, I realized that what played a bigger role than common interests was the energy the members of the group exhibited. Pessimistic people seemed to stick together, while sanguine members sat on the other end of the playground.
The fundamental reason behind this concept is simply the law of attraction: like attracts like!
Nationality does play a part but is not very influential

 

Unsurprisingly, nationality does influence the construct of social groups; members of a specific nationality just seem to bond better. However, this effect is minimal, for discrimination is rare in Dar Jana. In fact, many of the social groups noted include members of 4 different nationalities! This is one of the reasons socializing is effortless in our school.
Unlike those in other schools, social groups in Dar Jana are not labeled.

Unlike the clichéd “jocks”, “nerds”, and “geeks”, social groups in DJIS are not labeled. Though those groups do exist, they are not classified as such. I hypothesize that since our school is single-sexed, the desire for some guys to assert their dominance to schoolgirls does not exist, and thus, attempts to label “inferior” people prove futile.

Exclusion is minimal

What I seemed to notice in Dar Jana is that most circles are very inclusive. Regardless of your nationality or interests, you will almost always be accepted into a social group. This is a principal reason why our principal Mr. Fahim refers to us a “single large family.”

Step 3: A short interview

To finalize my investigation, I decided to interrogate two very different people-an introvert and an extrovert- on the question : “ How do you feel about social groups in Dar Jana International School?” Surprisingly, the reactions were not what I expected.

Extrovert (Ismail Ali): “Although there are not a lot of social divisions in our school, I am against the divisions that do exist. I believe in a community that interacts together.”

Introvert (Saed Ibrahim ): “I support them; I believe everyone should belong somewhere since not everyone is the same. Some qualities shared by members of a group can actually be constructive to them rather than isolating.”

So, as noted, it seems pretty simple to me: If you feel excluded in DJIS, there is no one to blame but yourself. Most groups in the school are very inclusive, and you’ll almost always find a place to fit in.

 

 

 

3 Comments on this Post

  1. So no Regina George?

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  2. Quite interesting, but I would like to contradict your statement. It may be due to the fact that I’m in the school’s girls’ section, but I do notice that there are divisions and the students in it seem as though they are born into those division. As a senior in this school who has been attending for 13 years now, I can confidently attest to the fact that there indeed are divisions in our school that although remain unnamed do keep many people out of their “circle” even in the male section. the people that are left out therefore make their own “outcast” group.

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