Be The M&M in a Bowl of Skittles
When living in a small suburban town, it can be hard to express one’s individualism. Most of the time, people submit to conforming with societal norms, whether it ́s wearing the same clothes, listening to the same music, or posting the same pictures on social media. However here at Duxbury High School, there are some students who choose to stand out despite the lack of diversity. Whether it is music, theater, or just one’s personality, it is essential to take pride in what you are passionate about, no matter how different it is from the crowd.
Cam P., a senior at Duxbury High School, is one of these students who is not afraid of exposing his true self. To him, this means displaying his confidence in every way possible.
¨I will walk into a classroom and be as foolish as possible, and not even care what other people think.¨
Luckily for Cam, this has brought him many friends who love him for who he is, and many great experiences along the way.
When it comes to expressing originality, theater is certainly a good way to get there. Sophomore Nate L. is currently a part of the Drama Club, and recently performed as the lead role in the Fall Festival of plays in The Actor´s Nightmare. Throughout his acting experience, Nate thinks it is especially intriguing because he can put aspects of himself into whatever character he is portraying. “When I’m acting I feel like I’m in my own world and I can be whoever I want to be.”
Nate has brought this skill with him in everyday life as well, making him a great public speaker and storyteller.
Another form of expressing individuality is painting, which is what freshman Shannon M. does in her free time.
“I like to paint, play music and I like to sing; I’m a very artsy person.”
Shannon never gets tired of this lifestyle, because there is always something new to tell. After a well spent day with friends, she ́ll paint flowers laying in the sun. When her grandfather passed away, the canvas and paint brush was there to help her cope with the emotions.
“It’s really relaxing, it’s always satisfying when you get the right color and blend them together.”
For Shannon, there is always a time where painting is beneficial.
Being an individual person does not mean you have to wear the craziest clothes, make the funniest jokes, or create your own business. There are tiny quirks that people do that make them themselves, or there are extravagant talents that brings them joy. No matter what it is, big or small, it defines your individuality.