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Are you called a nerd? Don’t let it bother you

Photo Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Casey Chung, Melville

Do you wish for more popularity? To be like everyone else or have what “they” have? Have you ever roamed the halls at your school and hear the word “nerd” being thrown around? Or geek, brain, etc.? You probably have. But here is a better question: Have you ever been called a nerd? When you think of the word “nerd,” what image pops in your head? Maybe . . . thick glasses, braces, mismatched clothes, pocket protectors and lots of books?

The dictionary definition of a nerd is: a foolish or contemptible (despicable) person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious (attentive). When most people call someone a nerd, it’s because of the qualities that person has that fall into what the media depicts as a nerd.

I dare you, look up the word nerd on any search engine and see what type of pictures pop up. What do you see? What the media calls a nerd. But really, who is like that? Nobody. For example, I am a 13-year-old girl. I get straight A’s, wear glasses in school, have braces (not for much longer) and love to read. Do I feel bad for having these qualities? Nope. Not even a little bit. Loving comics, playing video games and enjoying BBC for entertainment don’t make me anything but me.

If you enjoy doing something, then you should embrace it. Popularity is not worth losing who you are as an individual. Why be like everyone else, when you can be like you? When people call us names or brand us to be something like a nerd, it’s usually because they are jealous or because we are different from them. A lot of people are afraid of being different because it makes them stand out. Being like everyone else is boring and you’re not being true to yourself. Call yourself what you want to be. If you call yourself a nerd, then be a nerd, but what you classify as a nerd. What is most important is being who you are and doing the things that you like to do. Because that’s what makes you who you are. Special.

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