Alicia Ross – The Socially Awkward Project
On average, there are 1.5 million students that are homeschooled in the United States. Shockingly, more than 50% undergo the dread of their first experience of feeling isolated in a full room. My mission is to change the lives of students that attend independent study schools by giving them the tools that will help prevent them from being socially awkward. Having lived with similar experiences, you can believe I am a great candidate that can provide a voice for teens suffering from feelings of social exclusion. Being isolated brings social anxiety and allows our youth dealing with these awkward tendencies to become harassed by their peers. Living in a world surrounded by social media any member of our youth is at a greater risk of cyberbullying and social/verbal harassment
During the years of 2016-2017, I was removed from a traditional high school due to the blessing of my little brother being welcomed into the world. Before going to independent study my social skills were in the extreme, I was able to communicate beyond satisfactory. Yet, as time went on I became socially awkward. I lacked in the areas of communication, I dealt with the dissociation of my peers. I believe every child should embrace their inner voice because it will allow them to use their outer voice, which in turn will empower them to never be left out in the dark again. My goal is to not only build the confidence of students but to turn them into great leaders, mentors, and excellent role models for the next set of generations to come.