February 21, 2018

During my early years of high school, there was a time I felt “tokenized” because of my physical appearance. I was smaller than my peers and when people first met me, the assumptions I think they make about me based on my appearance include that I am too small to be athletic or to do any form of physical activity. I felt that I wasn’t allowed to join a sport because I would have been made fun of. Instead, I focused more on co-curricular, community services and my academics and that resulted in high GPAs. I was put in the stereotype of a being nerdy and weak, however, I still wanted to do a sport because I did enjoy working out and going outside. Eventually, I took up the courage to join track and field and be more active, and by my senior year, I didn’t feel small anymore. I was more confident with my physical appearance.


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