Michelle Vecchio, Senior, Whitmore Charter High School
"I have many pet peeves, but my biggest has to be people who make unfounded generalizations. Individuals like this annoy me to no end because they assume that what is true for a small minority holds true for the entire group — I attend a home-based charter school, so I must be anti-social; a person is Muslim, so they must have terroristic tendencies; an individual speaks with a Southern accent, so they must be unintelligent, etc. Sure, there are cases in which these generalizations hold true, but for the most part, they are ridiculous."
Tim Day, Sophomore, Modesto High School
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"Picky eaters. Their inability to try new foods often can transfer into in inability to try anything new. They're missing out. While that may mean more for me, I just can't stand the fact that some people will not try sushi because it has seaweed in it. What really bothers me is people who think they aren't picky but won't even try something new unless it was force-fed to them."
Victoria Pardini, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"I would have to say that my biggest annoyance is definitely clutter. This is a bit ironic, considering my room is currently taking a cue from the tornado scene in 'The Wizard of Oz.' It's made me extremely uptight about all things being straightened and in their correct place. ... outside of my room, of course!"
Tyler Robertson, Sophomore, Modesto High School
"My biggest pet peeve has to be people who are too afraid to be transparent. I don't like people who thrive on making or spreading dirty laundry for everyone else and can't stand to have the same done to them because it would ruin their self-image. For people who know me, I try to be as honest as possible and be myself wherever and whenever I can. I honestly don't care what I do, as long as it's genuinely me. I see too many people nowadays who just can't do that, and I don't understand why. People with that much of a lack of self-confidence really irritate me, and I try as hard as possible to not join those ranks of people in being a shadow of someone else."
Emily Shrader, Sophomore, Enochs High School
"My biggest pet peeve would have to be ... Mom, hang on a second, I'm trying to answer the question of the week! Sorry about that. Don't you just hate it when people interrupt you while you're in midsentence? I'm not sure if this would classify as a pet peeve, but I would have to say I cannot stand, at all, never ever, without a doubt: DRAMA. I know we're in high school, but please, does calling that girl who glared at you during second period some names I cannot write down in the newspaper really make you cool? Is the fact that your crush smiled at that girl instead of you really going to turn your world upside down? Is cussing that chick out because she said she doesn't like your boots going to make her suddenly like them? World peace, girls!"
James McIntyre, 8th Grade, Oakdale Junior High School
"One thing that I have always hated is when someone brags incessantly about themselves. It's just a way for a person to get unnecessary attention and to try to make themselves look better than everyone else. The problem is, it hardly every works, and it just drives everyone crazy."
Julia Jensen, Freshman, Modesto High School
"I have two pet peeves: when people mumble — so irritating! — and when people take too long in the dressing room, especially if the store has just a few dressing rooms. I can't stand it!"