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The summer of 5th grade a new friend of mine, that I made that year, was going to soccer camp. She had told me how much fun soccer camp was and how I should join her there that year. I begged my parents to allow me to go and to my delight, they said yes. This would be the first time I was ever away from my parents for an extended period of time. That week away became one of the hardest of my childhood. It was the first time I had ever experienced bullying.
For the first time, I was an outcast amongst my group of peers. Every night I received notes on my bed about how bad of a soccer player I was, how uncool I was or how ugly I am. When we were asked to group up in pairs, I was always left without a partner and spent the entire week isolated and alone. I didn’t know why I was singled out. It seemed as though it started because one person decided they didn’t like me, maybe it was because of how bad of a soccer player I was or how I looked, but they had the ability to rally others into getting aboard the same train. Even my friend who I had gone there with didn’t want to stand by my side in fear of not fitting in.