After being at East for the last four years, the most important lesson I have learned is to simply be you. I’ve witnessed people change completely from who they used to be in order to fit in with a specific group. Honestly, people are more attracted to those who are comfortable with themselves. If everyone tries to become the same “idea” of a person, no one stands out, nobody is unique, and things become boring and repetitive.
Although being different and unique can be intimidating, it can also be beneficial. If you do not agree with something, do not be afraid to stand up for what you believe to be right, in fear that you will be laughed at or mocked. After all the times I have stood up for myself, I have never been teased or anything for it. Instead, I have gained respect from those around me. Knowing how certain people feel and then seeing them not stand up for those feelings makes me upset because they conform to others’ expectations in order to be liked or accepted. If you stand up for what is right and are teased, don’t sweat it. In the long run, things most likely will work out better than they would have otherwise.
So whether you want to be a singer, dancer, athlete, actor, smart person, or anything else—go for it, because you only get one life to live.
Always be yourself and make sure your decisions are your own.