Go ahead, judge me
Charlotte Vernia and Shannon Olander
It’s no secret that I’m not the typical “Hudsonite.” Anyone who knows me on more than a Facebook friend level knows that I don’t exactly fit into the stereotypical Hudson profile. I’m not the preppy sorority girl that seems to define what Hudson High School is.
For a long time I resented that. I struggled to balance the typical teen-age longing to fit in with holding true to my own identity.
I will never be the girl who is offended about a newspaper article on clothes or an article about living in a bubble. And I guess that’s where I differ from the majority of the HHS population, seeing as those were the two most controversial articles during my time on “The Explorer” staff.
To me, these things are trivial. Whether or not you agree with them it ultimately doesn’t matter because the opinions of the people who wrote the article do not affect you, unless you choose to let them.
And that is the most important thing I have taken from my high school experience. Yes, I learned a lot in my classes and have had extremely influential teachers. But none of those teachers or classroom lessons compare to what the students of Hudson High have taught me—that being my true self is far better than trying to fit into the social stereotype, because no matter what, people WILL judge you. So you might as well be judged for who you truly are, and not who you are pretending to be.
I fully recognize that my advice sounds a lot like Kurt Cobain’s famous quote, “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.” However, I would like to make one change to this infamous line. People will never love you, or even like you, if you are pretending to be something you’re not. There’s a reason you have to change yourself to be “friends” with these people—you’re not similar enough to get along. So be yourself, find your true friends and be loved (or hated) for who you truly are.
So yes, I am the sarcastic girl that comments on everything that happens in class. I don’t care that I wear jeans and a T-shirt to school every day, and I definitely don’t care if you have a problem with that.
You may think I’m the “most disgusting girl in the school” and I’m okay with that. Because there’s nothing more I can do to change your opinion about me than staying true to who I am.
Ultimately I just want to say goodbye to the one and only Hudson High School. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride that I won’t pretend to have enjoyed for the majority of the way. But in the end, I learned to love it because I learned to be me.