I go through these hills and valleys of confidence and self-consciousness, but overall I would say that I am confident in who I am. It wasn’t always like this, of course. Middle and High School are tough places, especially for quiet, shy girls with braces who are into Harry Potter, Batman, and reading. Despite playing varsity sports and being in all honors classes, I was never really popular – I never went to parties, I stayed away from drinking, and I definitely didn’t date. That is just who I was.
In my life I have encountered many periods where I find myself feeling lost. I recall applying to colleges as a high school senior and feeling left behind when my parents couldn’t afford to send me to my dream schools.
I still remember that feeling of worthlessness and pain when my first boyfriend broke my heart. Graduating with a degree in psychology and entering the real world with no aspirations in that field did not do much to help me either.