1. Most people under 30, or who live outside Ontario, have forgotten or never heard of OAC, but it was an important year of your life.
2. When you describe it to them, they're a little horrified.
3. It was actually called the Ontario Academic Credit, and you needed at least six credits to graduate.
4. Well, technically, you could graduate high school without them, but you needed the credits if you wanted to go to university.
5. Which meant, yes, taking a fifth year of high school.
6. AKA the "Victory Lap."
7. If you worked hard and took on a heavier course load, you could complete it without taking that extra year, but who needed that added stress?
8. But it did mean that if you were born in the first half of the year, you turned 19 while still in high school.
9. Which simultaneously made you feel like you ruled the school...
10. And like you were way too old to be there.
11. One added bonus to the extra year of school: You could write your own excuse notes.
12. You also got to go to two proms.
So you got a second chance at your outfit (not that you needed it).