I went back to school last Friday. Sort of.
I had the privilege of hanging out and having some real talk with the fabulous students at Nelsen Middle School in Renton. It was my second time speaking with these kids– and it was a blast, as always. We talked fandom, graphic design, and school bullies. All of my favorite things.
Here's some of what I said:
Make art everyday.
Collaborate with friends.
Outshine your bullies.
Use the internet in a positive way.
Show love to other people.
I'm always a little nervous to speak with tweenagers. They're a tough group. Totally smart and savvy, but SO YOUNG! I think adults don't give young kids enough credit. They may be awkward (at least, I was at 12), but they're capable of so much– all you have to do is give them a good reason to care.Just look at Tavi Gevinson and Malala Yousafzai (to name just a couple)!
Basically, I love these kids and I'm excited that they are our future.