Remember back when you were in elementary and you used to pass out valentine cards to all the kids in the class? When you would all get candy from one…

Remember back when you were in elementary and you used to pass out valentine cards to all the kids in the class? When you would all get candy from one another? It never worked like that to me – I was the lonely kid. I brought candy and valentine cards, but no cool kid would touch anything I touched, and it hurt. It was like I had some kind of contagious disease. I grew up away from that, and I always wanted to fit in, instead of stand out. I wanted to be popular like all the other kids that made fun of me. I had a few friends that I kept to. When I was going to middle school in my teen years, all my friends moved. So that hurt me and I had to make new friends. I didn’t know how to make friends; I was always made fun of, until I decided to stand up for myself. I began to stand up to those who bullied me, and showed that I wasn’t going to fear them anymore, and they began to step down and I began to have friends. In my first year of middle school, my school was divided into groups with those that didn’t know English all in another sector of the school. They were known as Cheants, the weak ones, the ones that didn’t know anything, that didn’t belong. I began to make friends with a few of them, and it was great.
– Stefannie

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