vivian ps - In middle school, my main focus was popularity....

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In middle school, my main focus was popularity. The girls I looked up to were rich, gorgeous, and outgoing. I was but the opposite, shy skinny Asian girl with no knowledge about clothing, makeup, boys, and music. I knew people made judgments about friends and clothing, so it was important for me to adapt to their expectations. Early on, my parents taught me about the importance of discipline, hard work, and integrity, but I failed to see its appeal. Social status and reputations were more valuable to me and I brushed off their words. As I worshiped them, I became oblivious of its negative effect on my dignity and self - confidence. Whatever their preferences were, I pursued fit. I listened to music I had no liking for, dressed certain ways just to fit in, and lied to my parents. I was ashamed of my inferiority and eventually, school was no longer of interest. Each morning became a routine of confronting self - doubt and fear, only to emerge defeated and distraught. I was open to resentment and pity and I
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This note was uploaded on 08/14/2011 for the course A 100 taught by Professor Louellanelson during the Fall '11 term at Orange Coast College.

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