RIPR – All of us can recall the angst of adolescence, those days when we yearned to be invisible, those moments when our self-consciousness was completely overwhelming and, too often, embarrassing. For some of us, finding our voice and the courage to use it came rather easily as we matured into adulthood. For others, as we hear from Jessica Briggs, the process has been much more incremental. Whichever path we take, there's no doubt that learning to speak up is so wonderfully fulfilling.
Jessica Briggs lives in North Kingstown and is a senior at the University of Rhode Island. She will be graduating in May with a bachelor's in English and a minor in Gender and Women's studies.