Why we’ll never truly ‘leave’ high school (and its scientific explanation)

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High school, as many of us concede, is undeniably a truly-defining, coming-of-adulthood moment in welcoming us to life and reality itself. It is not that high school is all an ultimate, utopic phantasmagorism; within it, we encounter problems, worries, and to a further extent, thanks to our puberty, excessive fear. But it is also the time that we found friends to share our burdens, to express all the preemptive madness we all face as teenagers, and to cherish the first years of coloring the beginning of our often rambunctiously-spirited adulthood.

As time goes by, though, we can’t always celebrate such moments. Changes strike in, and we have to prepare for that bittersweet process. There comes the limit to which our teenage mischief should end, and instead – like how an eagle trounces its old beak for a replacement – that new, obnoxious, and clumsy one named ‘adult responsibility’ should rake in our spirits and be welcomed by all of us, willingly or not.

Nevertheless, questions arise. Why are there some adults who can hardly put out the ‘seventeen-forever’ syndrome (psychologists term it as ‘reminiscence bump’), while some others may easily be oblivious about virtually all the high-school memories? A team of scientists attempt to unravel the answers, and the implications to our lives, in fact, may be more far-stretching than we have always preconceived.

Read the 6-page full report in New York Magazine.