In high school, the prototypical popular kids are the cheerleaders and jocks. They're the kids who hang out in the quad at lunch rather than in the library or the smoker's corner. They wear clothes you see in Seventeen rather than Carpe Noctum or Maximum Rock and Roll. They shop at the mall rather than thrift stores. Oh, sure, maybe they have shiny new BMW's, but can they DM a Dungeons and Dragons game?

To be honest, when I was in high school, I was jealous of the popular kids until I got to college when I got to laugh wickedly at how they strugged to realize that they were no longer big fish in a small pond. Muahaha!