What’s the cost of fitting in at Lincoln?

When senior Kayla Lontz transferred to Lincoln from Kentucky her sophomore year, the dissimilarities were impossible to miss. Kayla’s dark tan was the status quo in Kentucky’s sunny climate, but striking against the gray skies of Oregon. Her bright blond hair made her feel like everyone was staring at her.

“Everyone at Lincoln looked like a vampire to me,” she jokes.

When I first came here, I knew people were looking at me all the time,” Lontz, now a senior, says. “I thought it was because I was the new kid, but also I don’t look like anyone at Lincoln or in Portland.” But she doesn’t think the Lincoln community is snooty. “Everyone treats me really nicely and I don’t really mind if I look a little different. I mean, I like the Southern look,”

Lontz says it helps that she considers herself outgoing. She doesn’t know if the Lincoln community is so welcoming to everyone. “When I see a little freshman who has a really different look, I hope they’re confident and don’t care what people think.”

What does she consider the Lincoln student loo?

“What comes to mind is a girl in hipster clothes, like Urban Outfitters and then maybe clunky shoes and a beanie. And pale.”

In fact, what a student at Lincoln looks like is pretty consistent. An informal poll of students reveals the typical Lincoln “uniform”:

“Beanies. Brandy Melville tops. Northface/REI puffer jackets. Patagonia fleeces. Adidas Sambas. Those Australian boots. Black converse. Clogs. Full American Apparel outfits for freshman girls and rolled up jeans for sophomore boys.”

This, apparently, is the standard of normalcy at Lincoln.

Sophomore Isabel Borden also had trouble with feeling “normal” when she first arrived at high school. “When I first came here, I was convinced the only way people would like me was if I upgraded my flip phone for an iPhone and my Dell for a Macbook,” she says.

Although she overcame her tech insecurity, she still believes that owning extravagant items like a $1,300 laptop is part of the Lincoln “persona.”

The dress code extends beyond clothes. Other traits the polled students mentioned: The Lincoln student always carries a Starbucks drink; has a sticker the shape of Oregon on waterbottle, phone or laptop; puts VSCO filters on Instagram posts; and for upperclassmen, lawn chair in your locker and an upscale car fits the mold.

The Lincoln look reaches beyond our school walls. Roosevelt senior Autumn Sanders could identify it. “Yeah,” she said. “They look like hipsters with money.”

So how much money does it cost to be a Lincoln hipster?

 

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