Let’s talk originality: as a rule of thumb, being unique, especially in high school, can feel impossible at times. The status quo, the fear of judgement, and the subconscious need to “fit in” leads to hallways populated by conventional crowds mindlessly obeying the latest trend like lemmings off a cliff. It’s sad, really, to think that young women feel as though they will be rejected if they act or dress exclusively for themselves. Let’s be honest, high school ends. It ends and leaves many, many people shocked to find that the world does not have the same conformist mentality. People come out of their shells, others’ opinions fail to resonate. So, why don’t we start that mentality earlier in life? Rather than waiting for the confines of high school to disappear, we young women need to come into our own and embrace our true selves. Originality is a truly beautiful thing, and God made each and every one of us uniquely wonderful. So, be bold and be distinctly yourself. Do not be afraid to break the molds put into place by those with closed-minded motives. You are loved because of your differences, not in spite of them. There’s a verse that I think of whenever I’m faced with the judgement of others; Romans 8:31 states that “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”. How true are these words? In the hands of God, we are allowed to become who we are meant to be and we are shielded and protected from the judgement of those around us. Clothe yourself in a way that embraces your true self, break the mold, and be uniquely YOU.