My friend group was kind of weird, but probably typical. We never knew where we fit in. We weren't cool but we weren't total nerds (I was the biggest one). One day sophomore year, we overheard the wannabe gang kids at the table next to ours call us the jock girls. Realized then that we all played at least 1 varsity sport. Most of us had actually become friends by playing softball or basketball together in elementary/middle school.
Unfortunately, we added a few really toxic girls to our group when we moved to high school and it changed the dynamic. I was always the most independent of the group and outspoken, which they didn't like and made it clear that they barely tolerated me. Around junior year, a bunch of them became obsessed with being popular, much to the amusement of the actually popular kids, who viewed them as a joke. I did have a really great group of friends who went to our rival high school that I met through select soccer, I escaped to the other side of town most weekends and volunteered as a writing tutor during lunch so I didn't have to sit alone.
A few years ago I went back home for my best friend's wedding. She was super rude to me despite traveling really far because her friends still hated me. Her stepdad was furious with her but smart enough not to call her on it on her wedding day. That was the last time I went home. That great group of friends has also mostly moved out of the area so there's not much point in going home. My dad is more than happy to come visit us or meet us somewhere else on vacation.
Now, college, college was awesome. All the activities from high school (the school was big on funding clubs) but with fellow nerds, and got to take classes in rocket science. My sorority sisters and my husband's fraternity brothers (dont get too excited about us being fratty, remember it's a nerd school) are still our best friends and we take vacations together and meet up whenever we can, despite being scattered across the country.