‘People in the past have told me I’m not good enough to be with them. Other people have yelled at me and pushed me to do things I’m not comfortable doing. Last year, a friend with whom I was close started hitting on me for a while in a flirty way. But I wasn’t interested in him like that. He would tell me what he wanted to do and wouldn’t give me the option to say no. He wanted to be alone with me in a room and he had what I thought were inappropriate intentions. He’d follow me around…sometimes he’d follow me home and that scared me. I still see him at school now and then but now, when he sees me, he calls me names and he pretends that I am not a person.

When I was younger, I set rules for myself and I don’t let anyone push me to do something I don’t want to do. I was bullied when I was in middle school. That’s actually how I was able to set my rules. In this crazy world with so many crazy people out there, I will continue to fight for what I think is right for me. I’m graduating this year and I want to be a voice of empowerment or a person of inspiration for anyone who needs it. I want to stand up for good in a scary world. I know what it’s like to feel lost and scared and I don’t want anyone else to feel like that, so I try to be the best person I can be.’

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