Different Heights Mean Different Lives

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A. Pietrykowski

Juniors Daniel Estopinal (6’2”) and Erica Chin (5’0”) are examples of the height disparity at Miramonte.

Youngjoo Ahn and Meghan Rogers, Staff Writers

Short

by Youngjoo Ahn

Being short is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact there are many benefits to having a shorter stature. For example, shorter people have less of a chance of being hit by a UFO.

In department stores, there is always a kids corner. Shorter people with smaller feet can take full advantage of this while those with size eight feet cannot. The same exact boots are often up to $50 cheaper and with the money saved on shoes, shorter people can buy a great pair of socks.

During the normal school day, the hallways crowd with people as the bells signify passing period. Shorter people can often maneuver their way through without being disruptive. There is always room for a shorter person to squeeze through and get to class.

Short people never have to duck in fear of the ceiling or the doorframe or worry about being too tall for heels around prom season.

Being short also provides some valuable experiences that tall people cannot enjoy. The Miramonte cheer team has been very successful in past years and part of this is due to the shorter cheerleaders that serve as flyers, the cheerleaders that get lifted and thrown into the air.

“Since I’m shorter, I weigh less which means it’s easier to lift me up. I can also turn really fast which is something that taller people have a harder time with. I definitely like being the flyer,” sophomore Taylor Wong said.

However, a shorter height is not perfect. There are many difficulties that short people face in their daily lives.

The top locker can be problematic at times. Because of less reach, shorter people find themselves tiptoeing in order to open their lockers.

It’s never enjoyable when a teacher calls on a short person to write an answer on the very top corner of the whiteboard. When a taller person sits in front of a shorter person because of the seating chart, shorter people also have to accommodate to the unfortunate situation.

“One main difficulty with being short would be the fact that I can’t reach high shelves,” 5’3” sophomore Eric Liu said.

When going jeans shopping, it’s annoying when the jeans are perfect except for the length. Some stores have tried to create different lengths for different heights. It’s a good idea but it doesn’t work when the jeans labeled “short” are still too long.

Instead of lamenting about being short, it’s better to keep a positive outlook. So the next time someone makes fun of you about your height, save money on an awesome pair of boots from the kids section.

 

Tall

by Meghan Rogers

 

When it comes to crowd maneuvering, it’s good to find a tall friend. While navigating through the halls, most people move away from the taller people to let them pass because of their intimidating presence. Even if you don’t have a tall friend, you can always trail behind that basketball player as a windbreaker. When going to a concert, they can always see over everyone to the stage, and don’t have to get really close to enjoy the show.

“I like being tall because you get to ride on ALL the rollercoasters,” 6’2” sophomore Adam Noble said. “It’s helpful in a lot of different situations.”

However, though we might not like to admit it, tall people are often clumsy. There’s a reason why there are no six-foot gymnasts. Their long limbs can somehow trip over themselves. Not to mention the constant issue of running into door frames or dangerously low tree branches.

“I’m pretty clumsy,” 5’9” sophomore Lauren Bashin-Sullivan, said. “There’s a long way to fall for me.”

One benefit of being tall is the variety of clothing choices. Tall ladies look excellent in flare jeans or longer skirts.

However,  clothes can also be an issue for those over 5’7”. Most tall people were also tall as kids, which meant that they were able to shop at “big kid stores” when they were little.

This is definitely a boost for confidence levels, but when they actually become big kids it means no sneaking into the kids department. Kids clothes are usually cheaper, so more money is often required for tall people clothing.

Along with clothes comes one of the most commonly asked questions directed at tall girls: wearing heels. “Do you ever wear heels?” “How do you wear heels?” “I bet you’re a giant in heels!” Even though it’s not really necessary to wear heels, many tall ladies want to. This often brings up problems for fancy date events like Junior Prom or Senior Ball.

“I don’t really need to wear heels,” 5’8½” sophomore Avery Martin said. “But if I do I’m not really afraid of being taller than my date.”

Tall people are also blessed with the gift of reach. Being able to reach those cookies on the top shelf or even just comfortably accessing your top locker is a very helpful skill. Even though it can be a little embarrassing when a teacher asks you to reach something for them, it also makes you feel pretty cool.

Like all heights, there are many ups and downs of being tall. What’s important though is embracing your height and finding ways it works for you.