Proud To Be A Nerd

Nerd

Nerd, geek, dork, dweeb, poindexter; words that used to have a nasty sting to them in the fifties and sixties have now either become a badge of honor or disappeared altogether. The nerds of the olden days have persevered, giving the nerds of today an intrinsic value to society; no small feat considering the social stigmas back then. But this isn’t about the pioneers, this is about us.

Ever since the day I entered kindergarten, I have always expressed nerdy attributes. I was one of the smartest in the class, unathletic, asthmatic, and collected things. Elementary school was where I really started to shine, and then middle school happened. I am wholly convinced that middle school has the most persistent and extreme cases of bullying, and ours was no exception. In my case, the bullies were everyone. Everyone in my middle school class were just nasty to everyone else. The popular kids targeted each other, as well as the unpopular ones. Thankfully, I happened to have a thick skin when I entered middle school, so I just laughed off the attempts at lowering my self-worth.

High school, on the other hand, was and is the best thing that ever happened to me. It was here that I finally embraced myself. I learned new things that I found fun, even though they made me even more of a nerd, things like Magic the Gathering and chess. I also made some of the best friends I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. I’ve started writing and doing math in my head just to pass the time! I’ve even embraced my love for videogames and videogame theory, and I hope one day to make one of my own.

Enough with my story, now I think I’ll give some advice to some fellow nerds struggling with their lives. Firstly, accept yourself. There is absolute truth to the saying “You are your own worst enemy”, and once you are comfortable with yourself, no one can stop you. Second, accept yourself. I can’t stress enough how important this is. This is critical, and will help you not only though middle school and high school, but through all of life. Third, work on your sense of humor. This helps not only to laugh other people off, but also to get in people’s good graces. Finally, be passionate about something. Whether it is books, anime, videogames, or anything else, try to make your own.

— Mike, a youth