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This is a WONDERFUL article.  I'm going to make sure I take a mental note of all these tips. :)

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Bryn Berg
September 19, 2012
Philosophy 112
Paper 2

“Nerds Are a Beautiful Thing”
               I find it really sad that nerds seem to be so harshly stereotyped.  I feel that when society hears the word “nerd” we typically picture an individual adorned with coke bottle glasses, plaid pants pulled up too high, and a white shirt filled with pens in the breast pocket. Nerds are also known to not have the most exciting personality, and lack a little in the social skills department. However, during the 1980’s a new trend began to take place.  Many movies started to emerge where nerds came out on top, were the heroes, and even ended up getting the hot girls.   I mean who can forget the film “Sixteen Candles” where the infamous foreign exchange student Long Duck Dong hooked up with a girl after being in town for less than three hours?  Or Anthony Michael Hall who referred to himself in the movie as “king of the dweebs”, yet managed to land the most sought after school at his high school?  And of course there was the main star of this flick Samantha Baker who was the typical, unpopular, and awkward teenager almost any girl could relate to.  Even she ended up with hottest guy in school at the end.  Another example is the cult classic “Revenge of the Nerds” about a group of well, nerds in college.  They were outcasts at school, but in the end they used their smarts to prevail, and destroy the jocks.  
               Even though these movies are known to be comedies, I feel they relayed some very important morals.  Just because an individual is enthusiastic about computer programming, science fiction, math, crafts, art, cooking, etc. does that make them a terrible person?  How can having a passion for particular thing be wrong (as long as it’s something that’s not hurting others)?  For example are we really going to knock a scientist for loving his or her research so much that they just don’t put a lot of thought in their appearance in regards to the fashion department?  Is it such a sin that such a person might always be so zoned in on finding a cure for a disease  like cancer that they just don’t see being popular as a priority?  Or perhaps they may stumble upon a member of the opposite sex that they are interested in, but may have trouble asking them out simply because their talents are more in the extreme smarts department versus having social skills.  A super model or high school cheerleader may become grossed out by the above described person hitting on them.  However, in the long run is the girl better off with the beefcake jock that can barely put a sentence together, or a not so blessed in the looks department mathematician? 
Like the scientist mention earlier, am I a nerd because I love anything and everything to do with acting?  I must confess my idea of a good time on a Friday night is watching a live theater performance even if it’s out of someone’s garage.  I often get teased because I always have some sort of book of plays that I’m reading or memorizing a script for a production I’m in.   I simply can’t help it.  I live breathe and eat acting because I feel it is one of the most beautiful forms of artistic expression, and you can make your viewers ponder deeply about human nature.  I am so addicted to acting that my appearance suffers greatly a lot of the time.  At this present time in my life I’m working full time, in school full time, and have several roles in the Mt. San Jacinto College play this semester.  This schedule does not allow me much time to get dolled up, or dress up in the trendiest outfits.  A majority of the time you will see me in beat up sweat pants, dorky t-shirts, and flip flops. If I’m judged on a frequent basis for my nerdy exterior then so be it.  Getting my degree in theater arts so I can spread my enthusiasm for what I love is way more important than looking like I should be on the cover of a Vogue magazine.  
They always say it’s what’s on the inside of a person that counts.  Individuals shouldn’t immediately be written off because their interests and priorities are wrapped up in things other than their appearance.  Seriously, I would much rather hang out with a shy wicked smart individual who wears glasses with thick lenses and parts their hair down the middle than a Chip n Dales Dancer.   We need to stop being so closed minded in regards to individuals considered nerds because we could be missing out on possibly learning and growing from someone else’s extreme passions.  I have been knocked all my life for befriending those who are known as nerds, but let me tell you I’m a better and well-rounded person as a result of my actions.  The knowledge I’ve acquired from people society considers nerds is priceless.  In my eyes nerds rule, and as so many of the nerd themed movies from the 80’s showed us that nerds always come out on top in the end.  They always seem to use what they love to advance us in things like science, technology, and medicine.  If I’m ever lucky enough to be called a nerd trust me I will take it as the highest form of compliments.  

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Boy can I relate to this amazing mans story.  Be sure to check out his website.

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Boy can I relate to this amazing mans story!

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Very powerful article.  This hits so close to home for me.  It's never too late to achieve your goals, and pursue what truly makes you happy in life, and don't ever feel it's selfish to feel this way.  When we as humans are at our best we will contribute so much more to society, and uplift those who surround us.  Ask yourself what makes you the most happy and operate at your very best.  When you find that answer, that is the path you should take.  The pathway might be pretty rough with road blocks sometimes, but think outside of the box to overcome them.  I'm at my very best when performing as an actress because I love making individuals ponder about human nature.  I'm working a  crazy graveyard shift, and tons of other side jobs to put myself through school to major in theater, but it's all worth it.  

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Kieran is amazing.  Not only will you have a blast, but you get a great workout as well. :)

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