Madyson Vincent: Taking Criticism Head-On

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Madyson Vincent, 12, plays the flute in the band.

Senior Madyson Vincent struggles with taking criticism while overcoming being anti-social and setting up boundaries. 

Why is taking criticism one of your biggest struggles?

During my sophomore year, I wanted to be invisible. I didn’t enjoy talking to people. I got to school to do work, go to practice, and go home. I struggled taking criticism and took most of it to heart. Beating myself up for the little mistakes I was making. 

Do you have any advice for someone who is struggling with taking criticism?

Your biggest critic is yourself and will affect you the most. Not all criticism is bad. 

After growing from that experience, what is something else that you’ve overcome that changed your perspective on certain things?

Being anti-social. Like it’s a lot easier for me to talk to people now, and I don’t really care what like other people think.  

How did you finally overcome being antisocial? Do you have good friends to help with that?

I met some amazing people who were able to slowly get me out of my comfort zone. It has helped me view things differently and see different ways people think. I find it interesting that little things that can be said to you, or things that happen when you are younger, can determine how your brain will princess things when you mature. 

Now, what is something that you appreciate yourself that helped with those struggles?

The way it’s easy for me to set up boundaries, I guess. 

How do you know that it’s a situation where boundaries need to be held or figured out?

When someone I don’t know very well could be asking personal questions and drilling for an answer or when someone shows a more physical affection. I have a hard time with things like that, so I’d rather shut it down instead of being uncomfortable.