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Acceptance In my life I have tired my hardest to make those around me accept me I have attempted to make friends not by being myself but by being who I believed they wanted me to be It took me a long time to realize that just by being myself my life much would be much easier and others accept me just the same or even more I stepped into the room and a sense of not belonging immediately came over me It was my fist year in the IGC The Intelligently Gifted Childrens program at Public School 107 Queens I was in the fifth grade but the rest of the children had been in the program since the first year it started the fourth grade As you could imagine the groups were already established This was the defining line of me being the different one and them being the cool ones Through the year I dealt with being ridiculed by my fellow students especially a girl whose name was Janelle She was a pretty little rich white girl who felt that she was the head of them all As I would sit at my desk Id hear the whispering and quiet giggling while feeling the cold stares seep through every part of my body She would tell all the other kids how ugly I was and how stupid I was I guess she got a kick out of making me feel below everyone and making me feel stupid The year went on and the constant teases began to drive me nuts I would try to do anything to keep them from making fun of me I once even used the excuse of my Great-Grandmother passing away so that they would stop teasing me for one day But then I started to believe them becoming more and more stressed and unable to maintain my good grades The stress that these teases and
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