Individuality: Take It or Leave It


Everybody is always saying, “be yourself.” Knowing one’s own identity is challenging, especially in high school. It’s even harder for students when they have to wear uniforms because it seems as though they all blend in.  However, the way people dress is not the only way to let character shine though. Daily actions and attitudes toward other people show what kind of person someone really is. Nonetheless, choice of fashion does also help to display personality.

Just because we have to wear uniforms to school doesn’t mean we all have to blend in. There are ways we can display our own character and style in what we wear on a daily basis. We may not be able to change the uniform completely, but there are things we can change such as our hair, shoes, nails, and socks. Junior Gabby Fowler suggests hair accessories such as bows and colorful headbands, and sophomore Antonio Favors says, “My hair expresses my individuality.”

Individuality is important because if we all did our hair the same, or liked the same sports, then we would be bored out of our minds. When asked what freshman Josiah Madrigal does to spice up his uniform he says, “I wear my red shoes with my red shirt!”

Freshman Joselena Madrigal suggests wearing colorful socks. There are many things that we the students do to show our own fashion sense even though we are limited with uniforms.

We teenagers are still trying to find out who we are and what we want to do with our lives. Adults are always pressuring us to figure it all out right now. My advice is to just be yourselves and express yourself in a way that you can show the world who you are and what you’re interested in. If you want to wear crocs, wear crocs! If you want to wear flats with socks, do it! It shouldn’t matter what other people think of you. If you express yourself and like what you’re wearing you will enjoy high school much more than if you’re always worrying what others think. Remember though, no matter what you wear on the outside, what truly expresses your character is the way you treat others.