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  • 11 years old
  • New Berlin, Wisconsin


  • 35 years old
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Web Communications Manager

My Story...

My mom says she tried to talk me out of it, but I insisted on wearing this sweater with the big buttons on it for my 6th grade school photo. I was very unpopular in middle school and dealt with a lot of female bullying before anyone was really doing anything about it. It was a rough few years and I carried a lot of emotional baggage from it for a long time.

Last year my grade school class had a 20th reunion. I was on the fence about whether or not to go. I dreaded seeing a lot of my classmates. A friend who had the same hesitations and I decided to go and support each other. Lo and behold, NONE of the unfriendly people were there. I had a great time, and found out that I wasn’t the only one who had felt awkward and unlovable in middle school (go figure!) It helped put closure on those years for me. Now when I look at this picture, I know that mine might have been a teensy bit more awkward than others, but *everyone* had an awkward phase.

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