Fiona Huang (5th grade)
“Yes, I Can Help”
7 December, 2015
Have you ever been misunderstood or misjudged before? Chances are that you would say “Yes”. Unfairness, such as prejudgment, discrimination happens daily all over the world. Often we will read on newspapers or watch on TV/internet even hear through gossip that the media has been reporting many disasters such as people committing suicides because of bullying. These things that are happening everyday are making many people’s lives uneasy. When people are discriminated, some are afraid to speak up. I want to help those who are misjudged overcome their fear of speaking up to defend themselves.
In this world filled with prejudgment, I know I want to help. I want to change people’s way of judging others. People judging others by the way they act or look is something that I can relate to the most. I am Chinese, and everyone in my class thinks that I am just born smart. I work hard for everything and others don’t know about it, so I feel like people shouldn’t judge others just by briefly looking on the surface, but instead they should dig down deep, and get to know the person before he or she judges them.
I once read a book called “Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar” in this book the main character Georgia was misunderstood by students and teachers because of the influence her brother had left for them. As you can see people judge others by the influence of his or her siblings, their looks, and the way they speak or act. In this book Georgia proves to everyone that she is not like her troublemaker brother. Sam is a boy that believed in Georgia and didn’t believe all the rumors. He got to know Georgia and found out that she was really a nice, straight-A student and exactly the opposite of all the gossip about her. The moral of this story was “Don’t judge others by the influence of their sibling/family, the way they look or act because if you got to know them, they can be the best friend you will ever have”
This book has motivated me to be there for those I deeply care about, like my family and friends, and get to know people I have just met before I judge them. If I try to be kind to everyone I meet, no matter if they are a stranger or they are close to me. I will be able to affect the world in my own way. Though I know that I am not perfect and despite how many mistakes I have and will make throughout my life, I will stand tall with a bright smile on my face to greet anyone and everyone I encounter.