Aija is a writer and activist. Her dream is to give a voice to the voiceless through art.
Starting from page one of “The Survival Guide to Bullying,” teenage writer, Aija, captures your attention! She writes,
Bullying was the dark cloud over my head.
The voices of the kids who bullied me were the raindrops
that flooded my day. And their hateful glares were the
lightning bolts that I tried my best to dodge.
I didn’t realize how much bullying had taken over my
life until my family and I moved across the country at the
end of 8th grade.
I realized how much I had been suffering, but I also
realized how strong I was. I started writing poems,
screenplays, and stories. I put all of my pain into my
work. I had finally found this incredible outlet. And
through this outlet, I found my first mission in life.
I knew that there were millions of kids all over the
world suffering in silence from bullying. In my sleep, I
could feel their fear, their helplessness, and their pain. I
dreamed of a way that I could help them and show them
that they weren’t alone in their battle.