How can I get people to like me?

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Q&A - October 22, 2019

Q: How can I get people to like me?

A: At school I was desperate to be liked, and in particular, to be one of the popular kids. The “cool” kids bullied me a lot, so I figured that if I could just be friends with them, the bullying would stop. 

I was thrilled when Luke, one of the coolest guys in school, started talking to me online one day. He opened up to me about his life, and he told me that I was pretty and that he had a crush on me. These long online conversations continued, and I didn’t mind that Luke wouldn’t talk to me in front of his friends at school. I was just excited that someone was showing an interest in me. 

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