Being Genuine

When I was in high school, I felt like I belonged everywhere, but that I didn’t belong anywhere at the same time. I was on the dance team and was therefore considered “popular”, but I was also on the honor roll and in AP classes and was therefore considered a “nerd”. My cool friends did drugs and drank alcohol and they didn’t see the point in education. My intellectual friends were so focused on grades that they never paused to have fun. Because of this, I never had any close friends. I didn’t have a best friend who I could talk to anything about, because no one understood or accepted both sides of me.
It wasn’t until college that I gained confidence in being myself, all parts of myself, that I actually built strong relationships with people. By not trying to fit into a specific group, and being my genuine self, I generated strong connections with other people that I still have today.

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