Ysabelle Punzal, Staff Reporter


Standing at a whopping 5 feet 1.5 inches tall, being short has its benefits. If there’s ever a need to hide or protect myself from potential dangers, being short allows me to squeeze into tight places where they’d be hard to find and I can also blend into crowds and not stand out.

Ever made a human pyramid? If so, you know that being on the bottom is the worst possible place to be. If you’re short, you’ll most likely never have to experience this! Lucky for us, we will almost always be on top, free from pain.

Something you never have to think about if you are short is whether or not your bed will be long enough. The average bed measures 6 feet 3 inches and with a 2 feet long pillow. Us shorties can sleep in peace, not worrying about our feet getting cold or stressing to find the perfect sleeping position.


In my 17 years of being short, I for some reason am always placed in the back of the class. While sitting in the back is pretty nice, being short makes this experience less enjoyable. You constantly have to stand up and lean over to see the board, especially if the tallest person in class is sitting in front of you.

Walking with tall friends is like trying to keep up with a moving car. I’m constantly shouting for them to “wait up!” or “slow down!” while I rush over to keep up, gasping for breath. If I take a rest or go my own pace, I will end up several feet behind them. Not going to lie, it’s definitely a struggle.