A group of high school friends walk in the hallway.

High school might feel like eons ago or just yesterday, but everyone remembers the role they played in it. Were you a cheerleader, a jock or the teacher’s pet? The rebel, the art nerd or the class clown? 

Believe it or not, your high school stereotype could be tied to your Enneagram type. Here's how your Enneagram personality might have predicted your high school persona, long before you could even spell 'Enneagram.'

Enneagram Type 1: The Star Jock or Cheerleader

Even in high school, you aimed for every level of perfection, Type One. Not only did you have impeccable grades, class presidency, and a job to pay for all your stylish clothes, but you also held a star position as the most popular jock or cheerleader on the field. Some people drooled when you walked through the halls. Others glared because they wanted to be you. You were high school royalty and reveled in being seen as “number one.”

You might have panicked if you got a zit, an A- on a test or *gasp* a detention, but you were the poster child of what high school should be. Everything had to be perfect, and you made it so.

Enneagram Type 2: The Floater

You were nice to everyone, Enneagram Two, and there wasn't a clique you didn't fit into. The jocks, nerds, popular kids and even the outcasts all adored you because of your natural ability to make everyone feel seen and heard. You might not have had a designated group in high school, but that was part of the charm—you were friends with everyone. Without you, it would all fall apart!

You gave brilliant advice and were the first one there when anyone needed help. You were such a pro at good-cause volunteering that there wasn't a bake sale, car wash or blood drive that didn't have your name on it. You were a social butterfly and chameleon, and everyone knew your name.

Enneagram Type 3: The Straight-A Teacher’s Pet

It’s no surprise that you, Enneagram Three, were the biggest overachiever in your class. You took on every club, sport and project that would look impressive on your college applications. You worked hard to ingratiate yourself with your teachers and win them over with your charm and intelligence. Straight As were your game, and extra credit was your name. You raised your hand first, completed your test before anyone else and feigned being humble about landing the top grade when, inside, you were gloating.

Some students might have groaned at your enthusiasm for everything from science fairs to musicals to Model UN, but you were too busy making sure you could check off every success box on your list. There’s no shame in the valedictorian game!

Enneagram Type 4: The Brooding Art Nerd

Admit it, Type Four, you found your solace in art. From drawing and ceramics to poetry, choir and theater, you let your artistic spirit run free in whatever medium you could find. You waxed poetic about the fragility of life and hated everything “popular.” At lunch, you’d nerd out with a fellow hipster who knew some obscure band you liked. Your clique was a small group of misfits who wanted to live by the muse, not the crowd.

Maybe you sat alone, brooded alone and did group projects alone, but that was fine with you. Somehow, you managed to be interesting enough that people noticed you anyway.

Enneagram Type 5: The Quiet Nerd

You were the nerd who kept to themselves, Enneagram Five. You sported physical or metaphorical glasses and happily waded through textbooks. Instead of getting into trouble, your friends could find you at the library, elbow-deep in your latest research, which may or may not have had anything to do with your classes.

You found the pursuit of knowledge an exciting topic, kept a Rubik's cube in your backpack and always tried to puzzle out why the other teens were so… well, uninteresting. Even some of your teachers bored you, and you hated those cliques that always created needless drama.

Your pastimes were dusty libraries, computer coding and chatting online with your few like-minded buddies. You dreamed of how much more mature everyone would be in college...yet all you found was more of the same, just wearing college sweatshirts.

Enneagram Type 6: The Class President

Running for class president was never an option—it was a must. That’s how you rolled, Enneagram Type Six. You had a concise game plan for high school, and everything, down to what you would do afterward, was in your head from the moment you entered the building.

You liked the structure, sure, but sometimes the power dynamics in high school depressed you, so you wanted to take charge. Student government was an essential road to take. You also were a top debate team member and loved innocent arguments with teachers. You still think about teachers who dialed it in and wonder why no one did anything about it.

Enneagram Type 7: The Class Clown

Even in school, you were there for a good time, Enneagram Seven. You didn’t love the structure of high school, so you often ditched class with friends to have some real fun. You became everyone’s favorite comedian in class and were invited to every party because you were the life of the party—the student who treated school with the least amount of seriousness and kept everyone laughing.

Being the funny one meant you could get away with anything, including being late or not studying for tests. You might have neglected your studies a bit, but who cared as long as you passed? Your peers voted you “Life of the Party” or “Most Likely to Have a Career in Stand-Up Comedy” because you were just that funny.

Enneagram Type 8: The Rebellious Goth 

“Fight the power!” is something you might have chanted in the hallways, Enneagram Eight. Even in high school, you wanted to take down injustice at the source, and it’s possible you were a veteran detention attendee for your efforts. Punishments only fuelled your disgust with the corruption you saw spreading through the school system.

Your tough exterior gave you a reputation that preceded you. The popular kids were afraid to stare into your heavily lined eyes and intimidating all-black wardrobe. But who cared about them? You marched to the beat of heavy rock and argued with teachers when they threw around their authority. In your head, it was Sisyphus versus the boulder. May justice prevail!

Enneagram Type 9: The Nice Popular Girl  

Every popular group has a nice one, and that was you, Type Nine. You were liked by pretty much everybody, even though you were top of the high-school totem pole. That’s because you steered clear of gossip and drama and genuinely tried to be a good person.

You were a member of several clubs and teams, but none that were too demanding or cutthroat. Mostly, you kept up with what everyone else liked because you wanted to stay on good terms with the people that mattered and maintain your social position as a top dog. You were a high-profile person with a weirdly low profile. No one realized how smart you truly were until they saw those grades.

Cianna Garrison
Cianna Garrison holds a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and works as a freelance writer. She fell in love with psychology and personality type theory back in 2011. Since then, she has enjoyed continually learning about the 16 personality types. As an INFJ, she lives for the creative arts, and even when she isn’t working, she’s probably still writing.