When I was a freshman in college in my first English class my professor asked me about my high school experience. I told her that I hated high school and I truly believed it was the worst time of my life for many reasons.
She didn’t believe me and said “girls like me” loved high school.
All of us know that bullying exists. All of us have seen it, been a part of it, been a victim of it…
When I was 14 years old I distinctly remember a group of senior girls making fun of me every day in my elective class. They made fun of the size of the lips, the clothes I wore, the things I said…it was like I could do NOTHING right. I was commonly referred to as “Dairy Queen” and “slut.”
These incidents made me dread going to that class. I hated every second of it…and this was only one class.
I cannot fathom having to deal with this sort of ridicule all day…everyday… as some students do.
Anyone that has ever been bullied: big or small, you know that it is one of the worst feelings in the world.
Since high school, I have grown up and developed a backbone. I can more easily brush off negative things people have to say and know that at the end of the day not everyone is going to like you or approve of you or what you do…and that’s okay.
But as a 14 or 15 year old, it wasn’t that easy.
For these reasons, and many more, when I learned about an opportunity to participate in an anti bullying campaign for a class for my final semester, I jumped at the opportunity.
Over the past month, a group of wonderful students and myself have brainstormed for hours trying to come up with a way to help end bullying around Indianapolis.
I have to believe that someday…bullying will become less prevalent and that together, we CAN make a difference.