As a child I was bullied for being fat, chubby, husky, chunky—you name it; I was called it. I don’t tell you that to make you feel sorry for me. I tell you that, because I believe it had a profound impact on the person I am today—in a good way. It instilled compassion for others and a mindset of giving back that is about serving others. In high school, instead of taking a study hall, I helped in the special education room. In college, I worked in a group home.