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part-time • belong • strike
make fun • nerd
  1. I still don't really feel like I at my new school.
  2. You me as someone who cares a lot about her appearance.
  3. Kids used to of him for his big ears.
  4. He goes to school, does sports and has a job.
  5. My teacher is the biggest about science. He really gets excited about it.
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557 High School

Mark and Todd remember high school.

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part-time

Having your first part-time job.

In a 'part-time job,' you work less hours than you would in a full-time job.  A full-time job is considered to be forty hours a week, so a part-time job is anything less than forty hours.  A true part-time job is around twenty hours a week.  Notice the following:

  1. He was working three part-time jobs to try to pay for his education.
  2. I am going to look for a part-time job, because I need a little extra money.

feel they belong

There are other kids who don't really feel they belong.

If you feel comfortable and included in a place, then you 'feel you belong' there.  This usually refers to being in the company of other people who are similar to you.  Notice the following:

  1. I never felt I belonged in high school.
  2. Do you feel you belong in my family?

you strike me

You strike me as you were probably one of the popular kids.

If you 'strike me' as one of the popular kids, then you have the appearance or attitude of a popular kid.  It is easy for me to imagine you as a popular kid, because you fit the profile.  Notice the following:

  1. He didn't strike me as a criminal.
  2. It struck me as a bad idea, but I did it anyway.

make fun of

I think a lot of kids made fun of them.

'To make fun of' someone is to laugh at him for the way that they are naturally or things they do that are different than other people.  You do not make fun of someone if he does something funny, but usually if he does something that you don't think is normal.  Notice the following:

  1. My brother always made fun of my sister when we were children.
  2. Don't make fun of her for being short.

nerd

All the nerds were kind of standing around on the side and looking lonely and depressed.

A 'nerd' is a person who is very focused on his studies or takes interest in a subject that other people find to be boring.  Usually a nerd is very academic and can be socially awkward.  Notice the following:

  1. I love to read.  I'm a nerd like that.
  2. The other kids always made fun of him for being a science nerd, but now he's famous.

 

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