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Humans of Wheaton North: Confidence

By: Angelina Grimm

At Wheaton North High School, seven different students were asked to answer a series of questions about their current confidence levels and feelings. To start off, the students were asked to rate their personal confidence on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very low and 10 being the most confident. Out of the 7 students the average rating being 7.4 out of 10. The first student to be interviewed was a sophomore, Dhruv. Dhruv is reported to currently have a 7 out 10 confidence level. His definition of confidence is being able to do something without being embarrassed. His favorite traits about himself are the way people view him and, ¨My drip¨, he answered with assurance. In order to feel fulfilled Dhruv, and many others need sleep, socializing, and finally the questionable answer of making people buy him food?

Moving on to another sophomore who also gave themself a 7 out of 10, named Sam Gates. Sam interrupted the idea of confidence a little differently by explaining that confidence for him is about how you present yourself in a public place. Some of Sam's favorite traits about himself include how he is able to make people smile and his sense of humor.

Senior, Aiden Dabbert-Beard explained confidence as not being shy or feeling nervous, ranking himself at a 7.5 out of 10. Aiden listed many positive traits about himself including how he likes to stay fit, learn new things, and of course his hair.

Adding on to the seniors, Cooper Fruzyna and Paige both gave themselves a 6 out of 10 on their confidence. Paige describes confidence as feeling good despite what other people think. She has many traits she loves about herself such as her patience, loyalty and her eyes. Paige is fulfilled from listening to music, playing volleyball, and talking with her friends and family. Cooper also enjoys listening to music to feel energized. He also mentions that confidence for him includes feeling comfortable in every possible situation. Cooper answers with, ¨takes life with a grain of sugar¨, as his favorite personality trait.

Next up is junior, Jackie Guglielmi, who confidently gave herself a 8.5 out of 10. She would describe confidence as not having to compare herself to others and being happy overall. Jackie feels energized through playing the violin, running, and eating salmon.

Finally with the highest rating, Alberto Gonzalez gives a 9.5 out of 10. He feels fulfilled through playing piano, guitar, and making music in general. He views confidence as how you as a person view and respect yourself and how you image yourself. Alberto's favorite traits about himself include his personality which he would describe as truthful, kind, and trustworthy. He is also confident in his style.

These students all have different definitions of confidence and what activities they do to energize and fulfill themselves. It is important to have certain traits that you like about yourself in order to feel confident.

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