Fat, ugly, dirty these words echoed in my head
as I laid down on my bed.
Sometimes I wonder what’s the purpose of my life
I often wonder am I here to fight, am I here to look beautiful, am I
here to take up space, or am I here to make something out of my life.
But yet I could never find the answer. I got up and look into the
mirror wondering who the reflection in the mirror is, but yet I
could never figure out who it was. I think hard and hard and then
finally I realized the person I was l looking at, was me. But I
couldn’t recognize the unfamiliar face nor the unfamiliar body. I walk
back and forth in the mirror trying to figure out this stranger in the mirror. But yet I couldn’t figure out who this stranger is..
I think again and again and again and then I finally figure out this is
the person I have become. I now realize that all my life I have been
walking around with a stranger in my soul. I stand there staring and
staring trying to solve this mystery. I then finally figure out that I have become a terrible monster, that look like ugly Betty with big glasses, freckles on her face, short hair and smelly. I ran down the stairs to my family asking them who was this monster in my body and no one seems to know what I was talking about. I ran backup stairs and looked in the mirror. There was the ugly monster again, I called my sister asking her who was this monster in the mirror but she didn’t see a monster. I look and look again and I keep seeing this ugly monster. But no one else could see it but me. I started to cry. It just made me look like an uglier monster. I stop crying and look deep into the mirror trying to figure out, how I could get rid of this ugly monster.
Then I realize in order for me to get rid of this ugly monster. I have to change the way I think about myself. I started to think of myself as this beautiful young lady, who is better than she thinks she is. I started to look back into the mirror and the monster was finally gone.
What We Do: The Freedom Academy Blog is an outlet for students at Freedom Academy High School to express themselves and post articles that capture their point of view. The goal of the blog is to help empower the students by giving them voice, enabling them to feel safe to open up and really talk. What Makes Our Blog Special: Articles submitted to the Freedom Academy Blog are created by students attending the school. Participating in the creation of the blog provides students with real world experience in web development and journalism. In addition to the experience they will gain from participating; our blog program is designed as an internship, fulfilling a requirement for students to graduate from high school. Featured on Freedom Academy Blog: The articles featured on this Blog are on the topics the interns discussed in class and spotlight activities they are involved with at school. Most of the articles focus on sharing the high school experience and capture what it's like to be a senior in a small failing Brooklyn high school. Please share our blog with others who might benefit from these ideas and who might enjoy participating in the conversation! We appreciate all your feedback, suggestions and questions that many of you have shared with us. We'd love to hear your stories of the friends, loved ones and role models who have inspired you because we believe that we can really help each other along this journey. Thank you -