Would you rather have sex with a goat and have no one find out, or not have sex with a goat but have everybody think you did? Before going any further answer the question for yourself.
The correct answer is the latter. The key is to not care about what people think of you, and not letting that get in the way of your decisions, your morals. It is too common for people to give up on what makes them happy in order to feel accepted. School is a perfect example for it is a perfect reflection upon the values and virtues of society.
Many years ago in middle school I came across a very ironic and blatant decision. There was an after school program which was divided into subsections of grades and classes. Each class had about 15-20 kids and a single volunteer to watch over the kids and make them work(most of the time).
My particular class had two “cliques”. One clique had one of the most popular girls and other relatively popular kids, including a “friend” of mine, and the other clique had the outer circle or the outcasts of the school. At first I was with my “friend” with the popular kids because he was really the only person I knew in the class but I saw them playing some game and I was greatly intrigued by them. So I went over and decided to play with them and had a great time learning about this group of people. And a few days later, like out of a poorly written “slice-of-life school drama”, the popular girl called me out and said, “Do you want to be popular or a weirdo?” And, without hesitation I might add, I said, “Weirdo” and was gladly accepted into the group of so-called “outcasts”. They were much more intellectually stimulating to be with and through them I was introduced to a multitude of people.
Sadly after a while the outcast group noticed that they were looked down upon and they tried to become popular. They sacrificed each other by making up rumors about one another. The conversations started to bore me again and soon I was left with a group of boring dilettantes.
Do not worry about what other people think, instead focus your energy on something more productive. It is limiting to your potential.