Alexandra is a 26 year-old woman who loves to perform. From the time that she was a little girl holding a turkey baster for a microphone, she has loved the applause of the audience.
For most of her young life, Alexandra was bullied and alone.
“I didn’t have a lot of friends at school,” she says. “No one wanted anything to do with me and I felt very isolated from everyone.”
She grew up deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other.
This did not pose a problem for her until Grade 4 when she moved to a new school.
“When I changed schools, it was the first time that people looked at me differently,” she says. “It was the first time in my life that I felt insecure.”
Before that time, she was an outgoing, funny girl with braids and a big smile. Her hearing aid was visible, but no one acknowledged it at school.
“When I moved to my new school, my hearing aid became what all of the kids focused on,” she said. “And it got worse in high school.”
Alexandra was able to turn to a few teachers who encouraged her to pursue her passions and not focus on the negative. She joined the drama club and was cast as a lead in the school’s production of “The Odd Couple”.
At graduation she was given an Award of Achievement as well as other distinctions.
“Having my accomplishments get noticed made me feel good and I began to stop doubting myself,” she says. “I realized that the people who ignored me had their opinions and I shouldn’t let that affect who I am.”
She began writing a blog where she writes inspiring and motivating articles that she hopes will help others.
“What I hope is that people will realize that you shouldn’t feel ashamed or let a person’s opinion define who you are,” she says. “They don’t know you or what you are capable of.”