My high school was pretty awesome. It looked like a mental institution though XP. But all the lockers were different colours and we had vending machines that weren't on a timer.. haha but the change machine was ALWAYS broken. If you had a spare lesson you actually had to leave the school grounds (or go to Study Hall, but we just sat and played cards or fooled around on the internet). It was kinda sports oriented but there wasn't really funding for anything, so the sports programs and gym didn't get enough funding either. I'm not making it sound very good, am I? LOL But it was actually pretty good. Most of the teachers were pretty awesome or easy to provoke... one time a teacher yelled at me "I don't even like talking to you!" when I asked him a question (but I was kind of deliberately provoking him, so it was funny, not hurtful).
There were a lot of groups that were kind of like cliques, but pretty much everyone was nice to each other. Like the cheerleaders got along with us art nerds and we all got along with the football players and the brainy students... there were a few kids that just made life hell but generally they were the minority and people even outside of your group would stick up for you if they saw you getting made fun of. You still had to stick up for yourself and develop something of a thick skin, but it wasn't as bad as some places... we never had any bullying related suicides.
I'm in uni now though and its so much better! Even though I miss high school. I miss not having any real responsiblities... now there's groceries and rent (if you don't live at home, like I'm lucky to get to do) and tuition and books plus homework and school-type drama. But its also awesome cuz no one knows me except as I am now... no one calling me by my grade one nickname!
My uni has all connected buildings so you never have to go outside except to the parking lot. Its nice in the winter, but I'm jealous of the students who live in res... they're the ones in flipflops and shorts in the middle of winter, lol. We have a fantastic Fine Arts program and some cool architecture (FNUniv, federated to my school, has a super awesome building http://esask.uregina.ca/management/app/ ... A070C6.jpg
and now there's a giant glass tepee inside the curve on the front of the building), and a whole course about COMICS! Also a course about Harry Potter, but I didn't get into that one cuz it was full like four minutes after registration opened for the upperclassmen and I couldn't even register for anything for another week or so.