English Composition 101
The Shy Girl
Ever since I can remember, I was always quiet and shy. I constantly had to repeat myself because people could not hear me the first time. Even then, I seldom made eye contact with others. When I entered high school, nothing changed. Soon afterward, I disliked the way my classmates thought of me. If someone had to make an announcement in class, I was not chosen because my classmates believed I was not vocal enough. If someone threw a party, I was never invited because they thought "Shy girls" would not want to come, I was considered a dork. Most of my classmates attracted a great deal of attention. No one willingly associated with me. Not only did my classmates see me as quiet and shy, but they made me start believing it, too. Ashamed, I always stayed to myself. I wanted my words to stick with people. "I wanted them to think Natasha said." I tried participating in class more and sharing my opinions, but that did not help. Whenever I made a comment, one of two things happened: I did not get the credit for my comment, or no one ever took me seriously. I felt helpless. The tenth grade production of Rome and Juliet changed my life. My teacher, Mrs. Russell, gave me a part in the play, and I no longer appeared quiet and shy. Although Mrs. Russell assigned the whole class a part in the play, she appointed me as, Juliet, a major role and appointed Michael who was one of the popular boys in class Romeo . Her choice surprised me and my classmates. Juliet’s character seemed so unlike mine; she had such a bold personality. My first thought was, "How is a quiet girl like me going to play the part of Juliet who is so mature and wise?" Up until to the present moment my classmates convinced me that I was simply quiet and shy. Now the play required me to show another side of myself. We began the play by reading the text out loud and becoming comfortable with the words. I had to say: "” my only love...