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Dear Peers MAG

August 6, 2008
By Sitav GOLD, Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Sitav GOLD, Cedar Grove, New Jersey
17 articles 1 photo 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I studied every thing but never topped.... But today the toppers of the best universities are my employees" --Bill Gates

Dear Peers,

I used to look up to you. I used to try to get your attention. I used to want to fit in by wearing weird clothes and listening to all the lies you’d tell me. I used to laugh at jokes that weren’t funny. I used to let you copy off my tests. I used to want to be like you.

Dear Peers,

I used to get very upset when you started a rumor about me. I used to cry about it. I used to try to defend myself. I used to raise my voice, and when you didn’t listen, it would ruin my day.

Dear Peers,

I used to get angry when you cursed at me, when you cornered me and made up lies. I used to get mad when I walked into class and saw your scowls. I used to curse you back.

Dear Peers,

I used to hate the way you looked at me, as though I was less than you. I hated the way you talked about my ethnicity. It wasn’t funny. I used to insult you under my breath for being so narrow-minded. I used to tell the teachers and you’d call me a snitch.

Dear Peers,

I used to ignore what you said to me. I used selective hearing, which you called a “big word.” I stopped listening to your senseless language, without meaning, without dignity. I stopped watching you stoop lower and lower for your own self-satisfaction. And I opened my eyes.

Dear Peers,

I used to feel sorry for you. I felt bad because you couldn’t see the meaning in everything, in the little things, and in the things that mattered the most. No, you only saw dating, clothes, cliques, and texting as life, as fun, as a future. It broke my heart.

Dear Peers,

I used to laugh at you. I thought it was so funny how you would make fun of me for getting an A while you got an F. I used to spaz at the way you still couldn’t read the word complementary in the seventh grade and how you would throw library books in the garbage can. I used to smile when you talked about how great your seventh boyfriend was. And, I’ll admit, I still laugh now.

Dear Peers,

Feel free to say what you want. Feel free to do what you want. Go ahead! Make up a rumor about my secret ­Internet boyfriend. Tell everyone I’m a retard who thinks the whole world is made up of textbooks and teachers. Throw paper balls at my head while I’m reading. Shoot me with pieces of buttered bagel at lunch. And then tell me what you got out of that. Superiority? Was it fun? Do you think I’m suddenly dumber now? Has my smile gotten duller? Does my family love me any less? Did my teachers stop appreciating having me in their classes? Did I lose any inspiration? Well … I’m ­waiting.


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Zxarra GOLD said...
on Nov. 25 2011 at 11:07 am
Zxarra GOLD, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
14 articles 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
Earth without art is "eh"

I loved how you got your message out in such a different and interesting format! This piece reflects my experiences in middle school. I'm going to send this to all my friends if you don't mind.

on Nov. 23 2011 at 2:23 pm
GazelleDeerDoe SILVER, Cincinnati, Ohio
8 articles 2 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.”

I LOVE THIS <3 it reminds me of what people do at my school. keep writing. you're going to change the world in ways people wouldn't think is possible. keep it up!! this is amazing!

Awesomeninja said...
on Nov. 23 2011 at 11:17 am
Awesomeninja, Solihull, Other
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
not my favourite but my most said:
"ohhh Frick, forgot to do my homework....again. Why are books this good!?!?Darn"
I say this practically everyday :)

This is awesome! Love the way its written :D

on Nov. 23 2011 at 7:32 am
forgottenpenname GOLD, Troy, Michigan
12 articles 0 photos 147 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Carpe diem."

Amazing!! I absolutely love this. :)

matador BRONZE said...
on Nov. 22 2011 at 7:08 pm
matador BRONZE, Hereford, Texas
1 article 0 photos 16 comments
This is AWESOME!!! I like love it!!!

irishlass317 said...
on Nov. 22 2011 at 5:38 pm
irishlass317, Jefferson City, Missouri
0 articles 0 photos 134 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I asked Jesus 'How much do you love me?' He answered 'This much.' And He streched out His arms and died."

Awesome!!! I love it!!!!!

Pathos. BRONZE said...
on Nov. 22 2011 at 9:56 am
Pathos. BRONZE, Pefki, Other
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments
I am speachless! You are amazing!:D

on Nov. 22 2011 at 7:15 am
oomg eaxctly how i feel!!! i try to tell my bestfriend all this type of stuff, so it wont matter what "those opoulAr people" think but she doesnt understand. ill have her read this<3

on Nov. 16 2011 at 5:34 pm
Brokenness_is_Beautiful SILVER, Independece, Louisiana
6 articles 3 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is so ironic to understand fully, it takes sadness to know what is happiness. noise to distinguish silent and a broken heart to find true love.

This is absolutley amazing. I used to feel like that all the time. I seriously dreaded going to school!

on Oct. 31 2011 at 9:06 am
pens-are-mightier-than-swords SILVER, Caledonia, Michigan
8 articles 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
"we often put up walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down"
~Author Unknown

Nicely done! Good use of anaphora to drive the point home. Very relatable. I think we've all been there at one point or another, and you have done an absolutely beautiful job of summing it up into a tidy work of art!

on Oct. 30 2011 at 11:53 am
clumsyteardropper SILVER, Roslyn, Pennsylvania
8 articles 0 photos 87 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can't help others, if you yourself need help" -my sister ;) love it!

i mean "see" exactly what is to be seen of them. :P  again, great work!

on Oct. 30 2011 at 11:52 am
clumsyteardropper SILVER, Roslyn, Pennsylvania
8 articles 0 photos 87 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can't help others, if you yourself need help" -my sister ;) love it!

ooooohhhh snappp!!!  I LOVE the way that you slowly begin to tell them off. and putting a mirror in front of  them, so that they exactly what there is to be seen of them, you know what I'm saying?  amazingly well done. :)

on Oct. 11 2011 at 8:46 pm
Scarlett_Fever945, Glendale, Arizona
0 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't care how many time's you've fallen, messed up, or felt like things can't get any worse. Get up, man up, keep going, and don't ever look back. Nobody can stop you from fulfilling your dreams except you."

Loved the originality in the formatting of this. It was touching too, good use of language

Jessbug SILVER said...
on Oct. 9 2011 at 11:46 pm
Jessbug SILVER, Jersey City, New Jersey
9 articles 22 photos 52 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Wow. This really summed up how I think many of us feel. Very well written and very true. Just phenomenal. I love it.

on Oct. 9 2011 at 4:20 pm
Rocinante SILVER, Wexford, Pennsylvania
7 articles 1 photo 386 comments
Good writing and a good point too. Nice job!

on Oct. 9 2011 at 7:03 am
lzcelloplayer BRONZE, Wayland, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It seems that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little." ~ Oscar Wilde

Wow! I'm really glad that you wrote this piece! I think a lot of teens can really benefit from this. I'm proud that you knew just how to be yourself! 

I also like the letter format! 

Congrats on getting it published in the magazine! 


on Oct. 8 2011 at 6:55 pm
Inkslinger BRONZE, Chattanooga, Oklahoma
2 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."--Marianne Williamson

This is awesome!

on Sep. 4 2011 at 5:56 pm
AlwaysAntlers SILVER, Kingsport, Tennessee
5 articles 0 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
― Charles de Lint, (from his book,The Blue Girl)

This is great! I love the last paragraph. It definitely deserves to be in the magazine.

on Aug. 5 2011 at 3:21 pm
Emmyluwho BRONZE, Mckinney, Texas
3 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

Wow, that was amazing. I've been called "Nerd" my whole life and I've come to embrace the title. Seriously- what's so wrong about being....different?

dreamgazer12 said...
on Jul. 20 2011 at 1:19 pm
dreamgazer12, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
0 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Tough times don't last, but tough people do"
-ananymous running quote

Wow I want to post this on every door in my school, and put my name under it.