WHAT OTHERS THINK DOES NOT DEFINE WHO I AM.

This story was written by an anonymous contributor from BURKINA FASO.


Seven years ago, when I was not yet 16 years old, I went to a boarding school in a different country for the first time in my life. I am from Burkina Faso but would be studying in Paris, France. I was excited about the experience and saw it as an opportunity to make new friends. But when I got there, things took a different twist.


I was given a room to share with three other girls. We did not get along because we did not view things in the same way. I have always been an authentic type of person – I always say what I believe in and what I think. Frankness, I believe, is a necessary quality in the world we live in today.


I have always been an authentic type of person – I always say what I believe in and what I think.