You shouldnt care about becoming Popular. Many Popular people are rather rude to people who arent worth their time and they spend too much time collecting clothes and all kinds of stuff they dont need to show off. You should just become friends with those who are going to stick with you through thick and thin rather than those who are full of themselves and only like you cause of your social status.
I never really want to be "popular". I have good friends that whatch out for each other. Most popular kids (brace yourself I don't want to offend any one) get bad grades and don't do their school work as oppose to me and my friends, we are concerned of our future lives and how being irresponsible now can backfire later. I hope others realize that soon, there are less and less people like this in the world
If being popular is your goal and you want "to stand out" as you say, it tells me you want to be above everyone else with a look at me look at me frame of mind, nobody I'd care to know! I'm not saying you are that way so please don't take offense. Don't pretend to be something or someone, be yourself and be happy! Your friends will like you for who you are more so than who you try to be!
I'd say being popular is a pain in the bottom... You know why? People started talking trash about you when you're not around, haters will be after you, all those problems will come after you if want to be popular... So I'd say don't try to be popular you can be popular by not trying and if you don't try to be popular no problems... Trust I tried to be popular last year and I did make it but its a pain so I just stay back and not stand out but I'm still popular but there's no haters and stuff running after me :)