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18 Ways The OSSSA Defined Your High School Experience

R.I.P. the Ontario Secondary School Students Association.

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1. The Ontario Secondary School Students Association was a huge part of your high school experience.

But you called it "Oh-Triple-Ess-Eh" (which was easier and much more fun to say).
Natalie Mandic

But you called it "Oh-Triple-Ess-Eh" (which was easier and much more fun to say).

2. You spent countless weekends attending OSSSA leadership conferences all over the province.

One weekend, you'd be at SQUISH in London; the next, you'd be at WAVE in Pickering.
Mike Jutan

One weekend, you'd be at SQUISH in London; the next, you'd be at WAVE in Pickering.

3. And you proudly built up your OSSSA T-shirt collection.

Which meant you constantly had to explain to non-OSSSA-ers why you were wear a shirt that said "RANCHY" on it.
Nicole Lace

Which meant you constantly had to explain to non-OSSSA-ers why you were wear a shirt that said "RANCHY" on it.

4. You had at least one (but probably more like 5 or 6 or 12) official conference photos displayed in your room.

Jostens / OSSSA via Ezra Goldschagler

5. And it was totally normal to dress like you were going to a '90s rave.

Because these conferences were where you could act fun and crazy (that is, you could be yourself) without judgment.
Mike Jutan

Because these conferences were where you could act fun and crazy (that is, you could be yourself) without judgment.

6. Gathering in the gym for a motivational speaker would BLOW YOUR MIND.

These people were so insightful.
Ezra Goldschlager

These people were so insightful.

7. You loved when your L.D. group got to play cooperation games to learn about teamwork.

Something as simple as squeezing someone's hand seemed so eye-opening.
Nigel Finney

Something as simple as squeezing someone's hand seemed so eye-opening.

8. You LIVED for the obstacle course, in which you were blindfolded and sent through with only verbal cues for guidance.

WITH REAL MOUSETRAPS. SERIOUSLY.
Rufio Luey

WITH REAL MOUSETRAPS. SERIOUSLY.

9. You were totally traumatized by THE MAZE (i.e. "Let's force a bunch of kids to try to complete an impossible maze and laugh at their failure").

But later on, you had no qualms about sending other kids through it.
Bonnie Murphywood

But later on, you had no qualms about sending other kids through it.

10. You didn't think twice about sleeping in a giant pile in a school gym ALL WEEKEND.

Rufio Luey

11. But you also thought it was badge of honour to get as little sleep as possible during an OSSSA conference.

Which led to people getting manic and weird at three in the morning.
Nigel Finney

Which led to people getting manic and weird at three in the morning.

12. When you finally became a Leadership Developer (or, rather, an "L.D."), you felt like you'd finally been granted access to the coolest club ever.

Because, let's face it, you were.
Rufio Luey

Because, let's face it, you were.

13. Your L.D. partner for each conference became your best friend in the WORLD... for four days.

And the process would start all over again the next time you were an L.D.
Ezra Goldschlager

And the process would start all over again the next time you were an L.D.

14. You'd flip through your old L.D. manuals to read the inspirational essays and poems.

(You probably don't remember any of them now, though.)
Bonnie Murphywood

(You probably don't remember any of them now, though.)

15. Basically, being a part of the OSSSA was some of the most fun you'd ever had.

To the point that your entire social calendar revolved around it.
Natalie Mandic

To the point that your entire social calendar revolved around it.

16. When you describe the OSSSA to people now, they say that it sounds like a cult (and they're not wrong).

But it was a cult where everyone turned out fine.
Natalie Mandic

But it was a cult where everyone turned out fine.

17. You were really, really sad when you heard that the OSSSA had pretty much disbanded.

Because it means that Ontario students now will never know the joy you once had.

Because it means that Ontario students now will never know the joy you once had.

18. But you're still hugely grateful for all the friendships you built during your time in the OSSSA.

And those friendships still endure today.
Rufio Luey

And those friendships still endure today.