going on 16.
It became clear to me very early on that things such as getting noticed and being known required a competitive drive and an amount of energy that I most certainly fell short of. Naturally, I folded, gave up on that game before I even got started.
Sitting in corners or on deserted benches, I found refuge in any secluded area I could find. All of those places others simply walked past and looked over I considered my own personal oasis. Taking detours, keeping my eyes down, I was more of a shadow than a student at this point. After a while, everything blurred. There were no individuals anymore, just loud exclamations and fuzzy silhouettes to dodge. I read my own books and thought my own thoughts and avoided eye contact or any contact with anyone. Because what business was it of theirs anyway?