Did you consider yourself an ugly duckling in high school?
Oh heck yeah. I was an Ugly Duckling in giant plastic-framed glasses. .
When and how did you officially “swan?”
Probably “swan”ed in my Senior Year. I think that’s when I realized that I would be getting out of the small town that I grew up in very soon. Suddenly, what the other kids thought of me didn’t matter as much. (I still had my moments though!) I think that was the year I grew into my limbs too. I never grew into those glasses..
What advice would you give to the Before you?
First I would give her a hug, because being a teen is HARD no matter what. After that, I’d tell her that the reason she’s crazy is because all those hormones mess with you, but not to stress. Everybody around her is trying to find their own place in the world, too. I would tell that girl to have confidence because she is smart and beautiful, she is surrounded by family who love her, even if they don’t quite think the same way she does. I would tell her to be strong, speak up, to not be afraid and that absolutely anything is possible. With hard work and determination, she can do absolutely anything. Oh and that it’s okay to be dorky/nerdy, because the most interesting people usually are.
Amy Robinson blogs every other Monday at Fierce and Nerdy. Check out her blogumn “Tall Drink of Nerd” here.