Reign: I don't think you should pretend to be someone who you are not just to make people not think of you differently. I advice you to be yourself and be proud of who you are because you're only lying to yourself by not acting the way you truly act. Don't be afraid to express who you are because other people's opinions shouldn't matter. It's their problem if they can't accept you for you.
Anna: I used to be like this actually. People assumed I was the factual, quiet, shy type of person. And then I gained confidence. You know what, people will judge you no matter what type of person you are. What most people will love is when you're comfortable in your own skin and you own your personality. So I suggest, come out first. If your friends are the type who don't accept homosexuals, then drop them. I consider this as the first test in friendship. If they still embrace you as who you are, just slowly show them your other side.
"I'm trying to push myself to care about the last few days of academics but I can't bring myself to care anymore. How do I get motivated?"
Reign: I sort of feel the same way since I'm about to graduate high school but I think what will bring you (and me) to care more about the last few days is the fact that they're the last few days. So why not push yourself for the last time?
Anna: Well, in my situation, there are just a lot of group works. I think of my group mates as people who deserve a good grade or at least deserve to pass. Also, this my come off irrelevant, but trust me, move more. Moving more will stimulate the brain to do more activity. Do some jumping jacks or whatever. Drink coffee too. Not too much. You don't want to die of UTI this young.
"I'm really bad at public speaking and I also have bad stage fright, how do I conquer my fear?"
Reign: Before you put yourself in front of a huge crowd, take deep breaths; it'll help you calm down. People cope with stage fright in different ways so maybe you can picture the audience naked or picture yourself in your bedroom. For me, the more I become exposed to public speaking, the more I have grown used to it. It takes practice and a whole lot of courage and confidence.
Anna: YOU TELL YOURSELF THAT YOU WILL GRACE THESE BITCHES WITH YOUR PRESENCE AND THAT YOU ARE THE HEAD-MOTHERFUCKER IN THIS SCENE. I'm serious. Well, you could always start by speaking to two people. Then three people. Then four and so on. Knowing your topic very well is a leg up because you can improvise if you forget your line. Be passionate about your topic. Spoken things that come from the heart sound much better than something read off some paper or whatever.