This is an incredible article, Laura! I was the same up to a couple of years ago and a lot of people would have been shocked. It’s not something that ever goes away — it’s more of something you learn to deal with, just like a lot of traumas. Social anxiety was the bane of my existence when I was in middle school and I only see that as valuable because, well, I teach now in a middle school, albeit a much crazier one than I went through myself!

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