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"Hi, I'm—," and before she could say anything, the bell rang, and a swarm of students came in, all chattering at the top of their lungs. The teacher settled them, telling everyone to pull out their schedules and make sure they're in the right class. I pulled mine out, scanning it slowly before my eyes widened. I was supposed to be in the class across the hall and dreaded the embarrassment of getting up and walking out. Jupiter glanced at my schedule, stifling back a laugh as she beckoned the teacher over to us. The teacher smiled at me, muttering something about first-day jitters before excusing me out of the classroom. As I gathered my stuff and headed for the door, I looked back at Jupiter. She waved goodbye before mouthing the word "lunchtime" and turning back to her desk. I smiled cheekily before making my grand exit and scurrying clumsily off to the class next door. "Hello, sorry, I'm late. I had to‌ go to the bathroom," I blurted out before I took my seat. I could feel each eye linger on my dark skin. My skin already turned heads, its deep melanin prompting stares everywhere I went. Yet, my dark green eyes seemed to throw people off and ignite whispers. 5

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...