This week in the Got Grit? forum, we challenged Figs to step outside their comfort zones. We were awed not only by the prevalence of Fig bravery, but by the willingness of many users to share their experiences. Congratulations to Living in Dreamland, who gets a Girls With Grit prize pack full of books, and some eternal Fig glory on Figment’s Facebook wall! (You can check out two of the books here—we’ll be cycling through new titles every week for the next month.)
Here’s Living in Dreamland’s response:
“First thing I have to get across about me: I don’t do public speaking. EVER. But for my AP History class, we were doing debates. Full-fledged debates on history topics. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a power house when it comes to history. Debating about? No thanks, not me.
So we had our debate yesterday. The opposite side was totally bagging on us, not letting us speak, or anything. Their next point in their debate is that James Madison never won a war. (Our topic was whether or not James Madison was an effective war time president.) My group is fluttering through its notes and we’re about to lose the debate. A friend debates that the War of 1812 was a defensive war, [and that] therefore, by not losing anything, Madison won a war. The opposite side shoots that down. I know of a war Madison won. I stand up.
All eyes on me, my heart beating itself right out of my chest, I swallow my fears and say, “The Second Barbary War. Madison won the Second Barbary War for the US and led the way for the rest of the world to stop paying tributes to the pirates.”
The room goes silent. My teacher takes off his glasses and looks at me. I think I’m about to melt into the carpet. *Oh, what’s that stain? Oh that’s the girl who melted during the debate.*
The opposite side can’t respond. My side wins. SECOND BARBARY WAR OF THE WIN!!!”
Here are some more great ones (scroll down in the forum to see all the posts):
Insanity said: “Today in German class our teacher was singing the German alphabet. She challenged us to sing it in front of the class. She asked kid after kid, basically asking the kids who are always outspoken in class, [and] none of them would do it. She even offered to let them sing in small groups, but they refused. So when she was just about ready to give up, I stood up and started belting out the tune, confusing everybody.” Click here and scroll down to read the full post.
Miranda said: “Middle School is a hierarchy. You don’t associate with the lower class unless it’s with an unspoken glare of scorn. So why did I, someone already struggling to stay on top of the proverbial pyramid, spend my Friday night at a charity even with the ‘Fugly Five?‘” Click here and scroll down to read the full post.
Girls with grit are fierce, independent, strong young women. They’re girls who face tough situations and sometimes don’t come out on top. They’re girls who work hard, who believe in themselves, and who try to follow their principles.
Groundwood Books’ Girls With Grit series is on Figment because each of these books is about a girl like you, or your sister, or your best friend. We’ll be featuring different books every week, so be sure to check the Figment Features page often!