• 10 years old
  • Caburgua, Chile


  • 30 years old
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Has a degree in Civil Engineering and works in the Drinking Water field

My Story...

What has changed since then: higher self-confidence, improved social skills, lower BMI.
What hasn’t changed since then: proud nerd, bad at sports, amateur reader and gamer, popular science fan, childish behavior.

I chose that picture because it was then when harassment by boys who were one and two years older began. It was subtle at the beginning, but by the time I was 13 it reached its peak and for the first and only time I decided to report them, after more than five of them caught me in the restrooms and made me experience the most humiliating moment of my life. They got a two or three day suspension and the bullying stopped for a while, but it was eventually resumed to a lesser extent.

Not everything was bad, though: I had a good relationship with my classmates, some of them who are still my loyal friends. I felt safe around them and for years I only spoke and interacted with them. The turning point was my Junior Year, when half of the bullies had graduated, when I met a few older students who were nice and when I started befriending my sisters’ and my closer classmates’ friends. I also transitioned from overweight to skinny, thanks to a self-imposed healthier diet and the wonders of puberty, but my nickname -“Guatón”, lit. “Chubby”- has endured to this day. By the end of my Senior Year I was happy, at peace and still a little socially awkward, but that didn’t stop me from coining my catchphrase, “I am a nerd… but I’m the coolest nerd.”

I truly developed my social skills while studying civil engineering, thanks to the heterogeneous assortment of awesome people I met at university. Academically stressful but personally mind-blowing, it was like finding my long-lost Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity house.


  1. renee says: February 12, 2015 • 03:25:45

    Still a loyal friend.


    • Guatón says: February 13, 2015 • 12:21:12

      ¡Grande Comadre Rana!


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