The things that I have learned from Degrassi

Whatever it takes

While we haven’t had a new Degrassi episode since July 2017, people have been holding onto hope that the show will live on. But unfortunately. that isn’t the case as it appears that it has been cancelled by Netflix. In honor of all 18 seasons that we have grew up watch, I thought it was time to reminisce on things that I have learned from “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Degrassi: Next Class.” Here’s are those things:

Click Here to read my rant on Degrassi

Never trust a guy giving out jelly bracelets

If you meet people in the woods, you know it’s only going to be trouble

While if you meet someone in this day and age giving out jelly bracelets, you should just run because that’s creepy. You should run either way because that means he’s expecting you to do sexual acts. And I’m sorry but if you are collecting jelly bracelets from him, your ass is a hoe and you need Jesus. It made me think differently of people of them. I almost asked someone “hey, who did you blow?” As an Adult, I’m both sadden by the fact that I didn’t but yet glad that I didn’t. 

When in doubt, kiss the nearest person to you

Don’t lie…you were jealous

The saying on the show was “When in doubt, kiss Craig.” While Craig was a brooding drug induced hunky musician, the kiss that him and openly gay trendsetter Marco shared was short but iconic. So if you are stuck between a hunk and hunk, just kiss the nearest hunk near you. This works so well if you are having relationships issues. Just ask Marco!

Best way for revenge is to write a song and perform in front of them

Screw Downtown Squash, PMS/Hell Hath No Fury was the only band we needed and deserved

Why just personally tell someone off in the privacy when you can write songs about them and how they did you wrong in front of EVERYONE. Degrassi was Taylor Swift before she even knew about Tim McGraw. There was so many good bops that Degrassi gave us. Paige tell her rapist off, Ashley telling Craig off, Craig being a little bitch and just telling everyone off in his album. Memories, sweet memories. In case you haven’t noticed, the newer scenes aren’t really that memorable compared to the OG seasons of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” They aren’t bad but they weren’t anything like Manny’s thong good. That scene is iconic.

You need to pay attention in Sex ed

In my school, I didn’t have any sex ed classes besides a health where they talked about it for a split second. But Degrassi taught me that if you really need to pay attention in when they teach you about sex in school. Not a lot people on Degrassi knew that you need to wrap it before you trap it. There was a concerning amount of teen pregnancy. Now I’m not here to mock teen pregnancy. I do think that “16 & Pregnant” made it seem “cool.” But there was just too many babies popping out and strolling down the hallow halls of Degrassi Community School. Then there was STD outbreaks like there wasn’t anyone business. Sex ed classes either didn’t teach anything or they didn’t teach enough. It also could be that the teens were too horny to pay attention. 

Started from the bottom now Drake is here

Has Drake always been cool? Yep.

During my revisit of the lessons that Degrassi taught me, I had a moment of clarity when it dawned on me what Drake meant when he said “Started from the bottom now we’re here.” When Drake, he was Jimmy Brooks, was shot down by Rick, he was just lying on the floor unconscious. THE BOTTOM OF THE FLOOR. He then rose up from that floor, metaphorically because Jimmy Brooks was wheelchair bound for most of the series after that. Jimmy Brooks didn’t let the fact that he couldn’t walk stop him from rapping and being Drake. So the lyrics are truly about rising out of your metaphorically wheelchair and just live your life. 

 

I hope that this bit of knowledge that I learned from this iconic show will help you. If Degrassi taught you something, leave it in the comments below so we can all enjoy in what lessons Degrassi taught the world. 

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