I’m Dasean Silas, a senior at CCHS. I’m pretty quiet, so you probably wouldn’t see me – unless it’s walking to class. I learned that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, because it could be the total opposite.

For starters, I am a very stubborn person and I feel like it is only because I have been through a lot in my 17 years of life and I shouldn’t have to settle for less than what I deserve. I don’t like being asked a lot of questions or unnecessary conversations with unnecessary people. I hear I look mad a lot, but that’s just my face and my facial expressions come and go as they please.

That said, I’m a really nice person though. If someone speaks to me my first instinct will 99.9% of the time be to smile. I’m a crybaby. I cry when I’m mad or when I’m watching a movie or T.V..

The last time I cried was over the book, Only Child by Rhiannon Navin. That was the first book that made me cry. This story is written from a 1st-grade child’s point of view, and he knew what was going on, but he didn’t really understand what was going on. I won’t spoil the book by telling you any more. You should read it.

I try to read a lot, but if I don’t like the book, I won’t keep reading. My attention span is short because I’m only going to care for so long. I tell myself I’m going to get back to it, but the book just ends up in my backpack. In general, my attention span is short when it comes to school. My patience is very thin because I allow myself to become irritated easily – especially when things aren’t going my way.

I don’t like being woken up, so when my alarm wakes me up every morning for school, I start the day irritated. Then I get to school, and there are a lot of people being loud for no reason. I have a smart mouth, so I try to stay quiet much of the time. When I’m really tired or mad, though, I might play the part of the daredevil: I speak my mind out loud for everyone to hear me. Sometimes I surprise myself with what I say when I get mad. I’ll sit there and think, “You shouldn’t have said that out loud. But…”

On the other hand, my honesty is something my closest friends love about me. They say that I am always myself and I don’t sugarcoat much for anybody. My friend, DeMarie, is probably the only one I really hang out with. We don’t always hang out, but when we do we pick up right where we left off. When we’re together, it’s always a good time. We laugh, joke about other people, and just enjoy each other’s company. When we’re together, neither of us have to worry about our smart mouths and attitudes.

Sometimes I have a bad attitude; it just depends on the day. But it’s getting better with time. I’m learning to stop letting little things bother me and stop getting worked up. I’m trying to be more open-minded to different things. Because I know not to judge a book by its cover.