As a child I suffered aggressive bullying for 9 years. I went through depression and almost didn’t graduate as a result. I have taken the difficulty I faced all those years and turned it into motivation instead of letting it harden me. I speak up about bullying whenever I get the chance. Living with an open heart has allowed me to understand the people I encounter in life and forgive them for harmful actions. I have set out to be an example for others, to show them love trumps all, and how responding with love can change the world.