Living in a bubble
I just wanted to share my experience from HS reunion. Just a few facts about me (which are crucial to understand)
I've attended a regular HS at a regular town. However, after that I went to a private target school and after at first experiencing a major culture shock, I adapted.
Fast forward almost 4 years to the first HS reunion I attended. I was dressed like for every other "smart casual" event. So I wore a slim fit Ralph Lauren shirt, Hermes belt and my common projects.
At the event I was surprised that everyone else just wore a t-shirt and shorts.
Anyway, I proceeded to talk with a few people, they asked me how I was doing and I told them about my semester abroad in Asia, my internship a small PE fund in London after sophomore year and how many hours I worked at a EB last summer and how happy I was to convert my internship to a full time role.
Fast forward a few minutes, the only I person I still keeping in touch with, dragged me to the side and told me how people were talking about me. While the majority of people felt intimidated, the other ones thought I'm a stuck up asshole due to my clothes and experience. While I tried to be nice to everyone.
But for me it seemed unfair, that everyone else seem to be allowed to talk about their jobs, new car or whatever, while I can't talk about my life without being the "stuck up asshole".
How would you guys handle it, or have you had similar experiences?