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From Group Chat to Real Friends

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Names have been changed. In 5th grade, I was diagnosed with selective mutism. Though I could speak comfortably at home with my parents and my twin sister Ada, at school I was completely mute. We were in different classes, but I’d stick by Ada at lunch.  “Why are you always hanging around me? Don’t you […]

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Opening Up to the Right People Helped Me

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Some names have been changed  Going into high school, I had my guard up. I was just coming home from two years in foster care and I was quiet and slow to trust.  I was able to make friends, but I suffered a few betrayals. The first one was by a “friend” named Dustine.  Since I was 11, I knew that I was […]

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Bullying and Jealousy Made Me Into Someone I Didn’t Like

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Names have been changed.  Being bullied and losing a friend made me loud and obnoxious. By high school, when I realized what I had become, it was hard to change. It started in elementary school. In kindergarten I had a good friend, Sam, and we did everything together. But in 1st grade, we began learning […]

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Wondering About Where I Fit In

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For the first six years of my life, I grew up on the island of Trinidad. I spoke with an accent, pronouncing three as “tree.” I ate Carribean food like roti, aloo pies, and pelau. I was accustomed to drinking water straight out of a coconut, eating mangoes from my grandfather’s mango tree, encounters with […]

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