By Joseph Balassiano I was always afraid to raise my hand in class. I always thought the other kids would think that I’m stupid because I was afraid that my answer was wrong. I was afraid and I limited myself to strive in class by not contributing myself to it. I lost myself because from this fear I started to lose my confidence in other places too like with my friends, family and social life. When I realized what I was doing, and to myself, I decided to change. First I would make sure my answer was right. So that I wouldn’t be afraid. Second I made sure to do that all the time. With these two policies I broke my fear and comfort zone. I soon gained confidence in other places also. I’m so happy I did this because I wouldn’t’ have made so many friends or done the things I do today to stand out and show who I really am.