I'm sure there's been a thread like this before... As an eighth grader nearing his days in middle school, I can tell you I've been to Hell and back in terms of cliques, or "social groups." Particularly in seventh grade. I only had a few acquaintances in that recess period, and one good friend. That friend left because he considered some of those people a little too loud for his taste, which I can understand, because being a mellow guy, those people were not people I'd usually have a good time with, but, nonetheless, you hung out with people you knew, God forbid you be by yourself at recess. My friend joined what everyone knew as the "popular kids" at the end of the recess field. At that time, there was nothing more I wanted, so I had to make the decision between leaving not-so-close people who accepted me, or picking guys who I had never spoken to, hanging by my close friend. You can guess what I picked. The popular guys and girls were basically indifferent to my presence, but my good friend introduced me to two new people, who I am great friends with today. But when those people, my closest friends on that football field, were gone, I had to choose between standing with the popular crowd, who hardly acknowledged me, or the people I'd ditched, praying they'd accept me. It was awful, and I kick myself all the time for it now. Fast forward a year later, and here I am with friends who were paired with me in recess, and I'm still not very well-acquainted with the popular kids. But, going through that awful experience last year made me realize inner circles are dangerous. Imagine a dart board, of sorts. The bullseye is the cream of the crop, the outer rings no-mans land. I'm not in the "Bullseye," but I'm a heck of a lot happier surrounded by my friends, and a ton of acquaintances. So, to anyone who's struggling with this situation, look at it this way-- Don't strive to be in the inner circle, because no group's better than the next. Instead of a dart board to me, Middle School's just like clouds in the sky, the clouds are all groups, but no one's better than the next, because we're all playing on the same field, or sky, or whatever cheesy analogy you want to use. IF YOU SKIPPED THE LONG STORY, HERE'S THE MAIN QUESTION: What's you opinion on Cliques, or, Groups?