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     It's the first day of school and you have to find the perfect outfit to make a good impression. Lucky for me, I don't have this problem: my private school requires I wear a uniform. Some may think this is not a good idea, but I think it is very positive.

In school, one of the most important things is your style. The more you have, the more popular and noticed you will probably be. With uniforms, there's no discrimination because of what you're wearing. Everyone is united under the same style.

Clothing often reflects who you are and who you socialize with. In most schools, there are groups of students who dress alike. All the jocks dress differently from the preps who have a different style from the punks. You may even avoid a particular person because of what they are wearing. Uniforms require students to get to know each other by finding out about who they really are.

There are many styles of clothing, some appropriate for school and others not. Peers and the media pressure us to dress and look a certain way. Some clothing contains logos promoting drugs, alcohol or even violence. Midriff shirts, halters and mini skirts are advertised everywhere. Since students want to fit in and be cool, they want to wear this type of clothing. In most school systems, however, it is not allowed. Uniforms help eliminate these problems. All students look similar. They all fit in. There are no distractions. Uniforms allow students to concentrate on learning instead of what they are wearing.

Money also plays a big part in the clothing we wear. Not all styles are affordable. Students are ridiculed because they can't afford "in" clothing. Some may even feel pressured to steal to get the right clothing. Although uniforms are initially expensive, they can be worn for years, making them cost effective and less expensive than regular clothes.

When my school allows us a dress-down day, we can wear regular clothes. We show off our styles and wear our favorite shirts with jeans. Surprisingly, on dress-down days, we remain similar. We know each other well enough to be ourselves. Even without uniforms, we dress alike!

I believe uniforms help unite us in a common goal: to do well in school. It is a symbol of our unity. They demonstrate to everyone that we are more than just our clothes: we are all individuals.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Succubus-Chan said...
today at 6:08 pm
@TruthTeller is correct. Does it really matter about popularity? Yuki shouldN'T even be focusing on that in school! School is one of the only places where you should be able to find reliable, durable friendships. If you want to become a popular attention hog, do it. But, in all honesty, you shouldn't be judged because of what you're wearing. Style doesn't say anything about who you are, or you're personality. It's amateur things like this that annoy me.
Ghostwriter said...
Oct. 17 at 10:44 am
This story is so relatable to me. Not that I have a friend with cancer but the fact that I have a best friend more like a sister who I love and hold close to my heart! I mean I love a happy ending but I love that the fact Mona sadly wasn't because life isn't always perfect, not every cancer patient gets to have a happy ending like in the movies. I love that she was vulnerable and the fact that Mona's friend was there till the day they met and the last of her breath! This was heart... (more »)
Angie Furgerson said...
Jun. 24 at 8:17 pm
I really think this inspires me. Btw, I'm jealous u have school uniforms!
TruthTeller said...
Jun. 9 at 11:46 pm
Most of the kids that are complaining about school uniforms probably haven't worn any at all. Also the "You need your own style to express your self" statement is bullshit. That is called judging a book by it's cover and quite frankly its getting tiring. You don't need clothes to show who you really are.
angie said...
May 27 at 11:15 am
this is amazing buddy! You have a lot of talent! So proud of you! My son nick went to the center for independence with your brother...
alexandramousey said...
Apr. 16 at 2:34 pm
I say no cause peeps should have their own styles and where what is comfy to them!
Taconyah H. said...
Apr. 15 at 2:11 pm
cool but still stupid af
dymplez4226 said...
Mar. 18 at 11:09 am
you stupid @Crispyrick42069
Crispyrick42069 said...
Mar. 13 at 3:48 pm
@Deej6595 HEY
Deej6595 replied...
Mar. 13 at 8:46 pm
Do you agree?
Crispyrick42069 replied...
Mar. 17 at 3:35 pm
you suck my butt i dont care my n ni gg a @Deej6595
Crispyrick42069 said...
Mar. 13 at 3:48 pm
You can now tag other users by using "@".
Crispyrick42069 said...
Mar. 13 at 3:46 pm
@Evannico YOU SUCK MY d
cool said...
Mar. 12 at 5:17 pm
This really helped me
Beabuddynotabully said...
Dec. 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm
I believe that school uniforms are bad because when j used to go to school usually after school I would see older kids picking on younger kids because of there uniform so I would have to keep helping kids that I see getting bullied.also i believe this because kids should express them self and wear what they like.
aligurrl said...
Nov. 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm
I wear a school uniform and I don't really mind it. I agree with the idea of uniforms. It allows everyone to be equal and whatnot, but I find that in reality that's not the case. Bullying is going to happen in school. Uniforms do not eliminate or decrease the amount of bullying in any way. Bullies will find something to say about you that will probably be even more hurtful than making fun of the clothes that you're wearing. Also, when everyone is wearing the same outfit, it ... (more »)
Evan nicoletti replied...
Feb. 20 at 6:54 pm
You are tolatly right kids will always find something to bully you about keep being smart
Evannico replied...
Feb. 20 at 7:15 pm
Your tolatly right kids will always find something to make fun of
Nictophylia said...
Jun. 28, 2014 at 11:13 am
Until college, I wore uniforms all my life in school.  They can be irritating at times, but I agree that they are a good idea.  With uniforms, there is less chance someone will get bullied for her clothing/style.  I also don't think most uniforms are ugly-- mine were kind of cute.
elda mbemba replied...
Dec. 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm
that right back in african i use to wear unforms to but coming to american kids dont really put on unforms,thats why theres so much going on at school beweent students .........
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