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    • Matt: (on teen popularity) I knew I was never going to be 'with it.' Certain things were required, for instance a car and the ability to go out to functions. We were kept close to home. I had friends, but I was involved with activities more than anything. I saw people who were popular but I was protected from it. I had to study and work and as I did, I began to realize being popular wasn't going to make me happy. I always thought that the more my friends and I tried to be cool, the less we were. We definitely weren't maintstream -- big men on campus. The only times I was popular were the three days when the school play was going on. Stardom and then anonymity. It was a good experience. I began to separate stage and real life. The people who have adulation in high school have a hard time adjusting to real life. I have no regrets.