“I need to find the spaces, internally and externally, where I can just be.”
“Everything else is white noise to me.”
It was my own great expectations that I couldn’t meet.
Why are cliques such a huge part of school?
Worried about becoming popular, and reflections on He Named Me Malala.
You don’t have to be defined by four tiny years of your life.
Being unpopular wasn’t enough to make me cool.
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