My story really doesn’t have it hard like other kids. I was raised with my mom and my step-dad. No, not in the projects but in a small apartment. I had more opportunities than other kids. Everyone would think I had it easy in life. That is not true. At the age of six, I was touched in places. I never really told people the full story because I thought that what I had to say to people wasn’t important.
My self-esteem was really low around 4th and 5th grade. Around 6th grade, writing became a big part of my life. It made me more optimistic than others which made me express myself more. Writing lead to me experiencing theater arts. Being in theater art showed me a whole lot of things I could do when I hit college. Like being a lawyer, fashion designer or actress.
However; my freshmen year came around the corner, and I started to eliminate things off my list of dreams because I thought they were impossible. I began to believe that I would never go to college. One day my teacher, Mr. Carmillo, told me, “Nothing is impossible, in fact the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE in it.” Now I live by those words everyday. My whole perspective on everything has changed. This is the message that I want yo get across to kids my age especially those who have been bullied: “What you want to do in life is possible! Just believe and go for it! You are not alone.”
My Impact To End Bullying
Would it surprise you to know that those who witness bullying may be more impacted than those who are victims or those who bully? According to the American Psychological Association, “Students who witnessed acts of bullying were more likely to report greater psychological distress than those students who were bullies or victims, according to the results. This was the case even for students who had not been victims themselves, although being both a witness and a victim did also significantly predict mental health problems.”
As an intern here at TGIM Digital Publishing, I’m learning skills in sales that will give me an edge in the career that I choose later in life. But the best part of my job is giving away copies of The Bully Diaries. Every sale I make means that one of my peers will get this life-saving book for free.
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