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I am a girl. I am in eighth grade. I attend a middle school. There are people there. People known as "popular" people. And the "unpopular" people. But why? Why do people have to set such a line between people who they might like if they actually got to know them. This is the question I ask myself every day when I sit down in my classes or at the lunch table. Why?

I'm not popular. I'm not ashamed to say I'm not, but every day, when I sit down in first period drama, I look around and see all the "popular" people and ask myself, popular? Why? What does it take to be popular? Looks? Plenty of "unpopular" people are pretty, so I guess that's not it. How much money you have? No. Plenty of "unpopular" people have money. The way you dress? No. Everyone dresses the same; Abercrombie, Hollister, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, etc. So what is it? What is it that makes them so different than everyone else?

I, myself, have been made fun of by "popular" people. It hurts. It really does. Its humiliating. Is that what makes them popular? How much they make fun of everyone who's not in their circle? Why would someone even want to be a part of that. I've seen it happen worse. And I know I've done it to people who have less friends than me or maybe dress kind of strange. I'm not going to lie, I have. But I don't understand why that makes people cool or popular . . .

Why does there have to be such a line that sets us apart? It's depressing, what's become of the youth of today. People make fun of you if you're smart. If you dress in your own style. If you're quite, or shy, like me. If maybe you act a little differently than everyone else. Everything is a target for these people. But why? I sit in my room and stare at the ceiling, and I say, "Why can't I be popular? Am I not pretty enough? If I wasn't so shy, would I make friends?" Popular. Psh.

What's so wrong with being different? Does everyone have to be a popular person's clone! It just seems unfair. Being made fun of for having your own style or your own way of doing something.

I'm not popular. I'm made fun of almost everyday. But the question I always ask myself is: Why?

Next year: High School. I'm going to be a new person. Less shy. And I'm not going to let rude comments made by the "popular" people get to me. I'm not going to try to be friends with them. It's not worth it. There's nothing great about them. Why try? I'm going to be my own person, I'm not going to just try to fit in and dress like everyone else. I'm not popular. And I don't care.

Signing off for now,


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