Teen Ink: A Nerd's Life

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Today's Teen Ink article is by Melanie T. Attleborro and focuses on what it is like to be...the nerd. After the stereotyping and name calling, she explains how being a nerd isn't always a bad thing and that there are distinct steps you must take in order to practice being a nerd the correct way.

"Everyone has seen them. From the teen in math class who knows every answer before the question is asked, to the kid sitting alone in the cafeteria who looks like he got dressed with the lights off. Everybody has come across these highly intellectual individuals who are adored by teachers and sneered at by peers – the Nerds."

The term "nerd" comes with derogatory implications and can be used interchangeably with "geek" and "dork," although they have slightly different meanings. Nerds are those who love and succeed at intellectual activities. Geeks are nerds who focus on a specific area, like math, science, computers, or band. Dorks may or may not be exceedingly intellectual, but they are socially awkward. Dorks are also easily confused by simple matters.

Continue reading the rest of this article at TeenInk.com

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