By: Elizabeth R. 7C

Feeling awkward, determined and passionate at twelve can be a lot to handle. For example, just last week I was too shy to raise my hand in an assembly, even though I had a good question. I guess that’s just who I am for now. When will it end? I predict never. Hopefully I’ll be able to cope with it.

My social-awkwardness is definitely my best and worst quality. My social skills aren’t very good, even though I come in contact with people everyday. It can be hard. I really only communicate with close friends. They probably know me more than I do myself. Do you know how I got those friends? Pure awkwardness. The fact that I hit them with my book bag by accident, noticing their My Chemical Romance shirt (a band), got us to be friends. Also, telling other awkward people it’s okay because something worse happened to you is a great way to make friends. Famous people I admire are also awkward so we’re all in the same boat. You can make your way through the world, one black and blue at a time.

Determination also guides me through life. I’m determined to do the best I can. I’m determined to make my dreams reality. And if someone doubts me*cue Twenty One Pilots*, I ignore them. I don’t listen to criticism unless it’s going to help me. For example, when I was trying out for Mark Twain, a bunch of people told me I should change my handwriting and story-style for the Creative Writing test. And guess what? I didn’t. The people who graded my test liked my story, and that’s why I’m here, right now. I knew what I liked to write about, and I was determined to show that to the school. Even though determination does a lot of good in my life, it gets in the way sometimes. When I want to do something my way, and I can’t do it my way, it’s tough to transition.

I have many passions in my life, like music and anime. I try to make the most of every piece of the one song about closing the door (AKA ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ by Panic! At The Disco) and trying to savor that theme music of ‘Attack On Titan’ (Seid ihr dass Essen? Nein, wir sind der Jager!).  Passion also brings the last two things I talked about full circle. I’m determined to make my passions a career, and my awkwardness will be expressed in the songs. It can also attract people with my personality.

I think I can understand the person in the mirror now. She’s a little less… FOGGY *hysterical laughing*. In case you can’t tell, I just made a mirror pun. You don’t get it? Nevermind. This is just another example of how awkward I am.