I Am a Student
Be Strong needs YOU – we need the survivors, the allies, the bullies to unite for us all to experience restorative change. We know that it can be overwhelming to know what to do when faced with bullying – so we have crafted this simple checklist to get you started in positively disrupting yourself, your home, your school, and your community!
Stay up-to-date on upcoming FREE events – be sure to subscribe to the Be Strong Newsletter and get nominated as a Be Strong Student State Representative – We need more FEARLESS leaders like YOU!
Check out below, all types of great articles to help build your understanding, hope, confidence and resilience!
Latest Resources for Students
I was thinking about what summer was like for me when I was a teenager, which was not too long ago! I remember one summer in particular, between my seventh and eighth grade year. I had a couple of friends who I hung out with every single day and I remember we spent a lot of time talking about things we were struggling with. All three of us had our own challenges but I honestly remember that being one of the best summers of my life!
About two years ago, I decided to write a book. The problem was, I didn’t know where to start. That is, until I attended an event and learned of an online book writing program that promises your book will be published in 90 days. Sounds great, right? Well, 90 days into this program, I had about 40 pages typed and felt like it was going nowhere. So, I dove back into the online program and learned more about the reasons why I was stuck. I corrected those habits and kept on going. Then came the editing process.
I started learning a lesson about the time I was eighteen that I’ve kept learning throughout my life. And that lesson is that every new phase of life brings a new challenge that I’m going to have to deal with – especially when I think I’m golden.
Perhaps the most common form of bullying is what’s become known as “body shaming.” This, obviously, involves making fun of our bodily imperfections or differences. It is especially easy to get upset by such insults because we tend to be sensitive about our bodies. We all want to look good and to be seen as perfect. Thus, when people make fun of things that we, ourselves, have difficulty accepting, we feel hurt and humiliated. It’s bad enough that we badger ourselves about what’s “wrong” with our bodies. We hope that others don’t notice, and we hate it when they bring it out into the open with an insult.
Fear tells us that we’re about to go through something difficult without guidance, and that we are alone. It tells us we won’t make it through to the other side. And, most of all, when a glimmer of light does show up as hope, fear is right there to tell us it’s not worth moving towards. Fear loves it when we don’t move.
Don’t hold yourself back from your greatness just because you’ve made some mistakes or because other people – or life – has hurt you.
The older we get, the easier it is to look back and identify times when we didn’t act as cool as we thought we were.
Recently, an 18-year-old student made national headlines by stabbing a fellow student to death and seriously injuring another. He said he did it because they bullied him.
Do you say “good morning” to strangers?
I went for a hike a couple of days before the 4th of July that took about 90 minutes and passed a lot of people both on the way up and way down.
I believe I said “good morning” to just about everyone I passed and in about 90% of the instances, I initiated it.