I May Be Shy, But Please Give Me a Chance

I May Be Shy, But Please Give Me a Chance

Behind my quiet exterior, is an amazing, bright, intelligent girl who just wants to be accepted.

I know what you're thinking. I barely talk, and I don't seem to want to talk to anyone. It seems as if I go out of my way to try and avoid you. It seems as if I don't even like you, or I don't even want to get to know anyone. But that's not the case. Let me explain.

What I have is social anxiety. In no way does it mean I don't want to get to know you, or to become friends with you. It means that I am purely shy. When I am faced with an awkward situation, my immediate instinct is to stay quiet. I don't know why, but I just can't help it. I have been this way my whole life. I really want to get to know you, I really do. But my shyness holds me back.

But there is one thing I want everyone to know. My shyness and social anxiety does NOT mean that I shouldn't be given any chances. Behind my shy exterior is an amazing, bright, bubbly, intelligent girl who just wants to be accepted. If you take the time to get to know me, I can be hilarious. I have great experiences with leadership and taking charge, and if you look past my brick wall of quietness, I can do a bomb a** job of performing a task. My shyness should not be a conclusion when it comes to my capability. Please don't ever judge one another by your first impression, because chances are, that isn't their real self. It takes time to really get to know someone, and once you do, it will be all worth it. You may even end up being impressed by what the originally quiet, but actual spunky personality has to offer.

Because of my social anxiety and how quiet I am, I have missed out on a lot of chances. Yes, my social anxiety is a part of me for life, but I should still be able to be given a chance. I was once denied a counselor position because the camp director judged me on my quietness based when I was a child. What she failed to do was give me a chance and see what I had to offer, and how I've grown. So I moved on to a different camp, and ended up earning a camp counselor position there, all because I was given a chance.

So, to everyone out there, please give everyone a chance. Please disregard anything, whether it's shyness, race, religion, perspectives, etc. We all deserve it, and chances are that person may do a phenomenal job on whatever you're asking of them.

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A Girl Gets Raped At School Then Gets Suspended

Boys are always going to be boys, right?

How many cases have there been about young girls get raped? As of late rape is becoming a huge topic that some are still afraid to talk about. I am here to share a story of a ninth grader who is, of course, getting the blame rather than the boys that did the crime.

A female student who goes to Miami Carol Senior High School has brought claims to people about three boys who had raped her. Where did it happen? It happened in the bathroom at the school, yep you read that correctly. These students had taken advantage of another during the time they should be learning.

The fourteen-year-old who I'm going to refer to as Sarah claims she was sexually assaulted by three boys and gets suspended from the aftermath.

"He was holding onto my sweater really tight and I was trying to leave to get back to class, and he kind of just pulled me into the restroom," Sarah tells. She went to a teacher had told her about the incident that occurred. Eventually, the school suspended the boys but did not expel them.

I get that Sarah may be horrified or even scared to go to go due to what happened. Why does she need to be suspended? What did she do in the situation that she should get a strike for it? Maybe it's for Sarah's safety, maybe they are treating her unfairly.

Moving on, the first boy she says forced her to have anal sex while the others forced her to perform oral on them. However, the girl supposedly told the Mother that she didn't scream or run away leaving that as consensual.

Sigh, why does it always come down to that? If a girl or woman doesn't strike back it is considered consensual. I've read that in other cases before and I just don't understand how that can validate any situation. I'm sorry I didn't have enough time to fight back when I was being held down or forced.

As if this story could get any worse it did and fast. Two of the boys' families stepped forward and told the investigator something that no one wants to hear. One of the boys has gonorrhea and the other is HIV positive.

This girl is only fourteen years old and is going to have life ripped away. They had given Sarah medication just in case and she won't know if she is positive until a year later. Why? What did he do to deserve that?

The same with the boy though, it is a shame that he is HIV positive but why would you want to infect someone else? Why would you want to let someone else suffer from the same disease?

The school had released a statement which said “School district administrators in conjunction with Miami-Dade Schools Police are thoroughly investigating this case thoroughly, and it continues to be an active investigation. Information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Children and Families (DCF).”

Sarah is getting therapy and is staying away from the school which I said I would completely understand. Her Mother is stating that the district is being difficult with allowing her to transfer someplace else.

Rape isn't going to go away even if we want it to. People are still going to do the same thing no matter how hard we fight. It becoming the same fight over and over and there isn't much we can do.

I just hope that this won't be so popular in the news. With each and every story that comes up reads the same thing. Female gets raped by a male and they usual result in the winning of the man.

At some point we need to figure out a way to calm this but unfortnauly for us we can't make it stop.

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Full of Emotions: A poem

Not positive emotions, but they needed written

This is a poem that has been stewing in the back of my head for the past week, things that I've felt like I needed to voice and should've spoken up about ages ago.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy it.

I can't bring myself to love you.

I can't stand you

I almost hate you

and yet,

because of who you are,

I know it shouldn't be like this.

Does it make me a bad person

if I wish for your existence to end?

Does it make me evil

to wish no good to come to you?

If this is a sin,

I think it probably is,

I am not ready to repent for it yet.

All these feelings

I used to have for you

have been numbed

by the anesthesia of time.

Every time the anesthesia wears off

I learn a new thing to like

and almost just as quickly

another thing to hate.

You hurt me and you hurt

people I love

with equal abandon

and I can't forgive that.

Maybe it makes me a bad person

maybe I'm justified

in my feelings of dislike

and even if I am

I don't care.

My emotions have been

stunted for so long

because of you.

Being away from you,

I'm allowed to lower my defenses

and actually let my emotions grow

and attach myself to others.

Being away from you,

I realized how strange your love is,

how different your views are

and I've seen how far apart

you and I are now.

And I'm okay with it.

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