Aija MayrockAija Mayrock is an activist and the author of The Survival Guide to BullyingThe bullying she experienced in school began when another girl decided to dress up as Aija for Halloween. In this interview, Aija talks about the tools she later implemented to help with the short and long-term consequences that bullying had on her mental well-being and self-esteem.

The Survival Guide to Bullying was written with the intention of creating something she wish existed as she was navigating being bullied in school. At first, Aija Mayrock self-published her book, but later sold the publishing rights to Scholastic. The tenacity Aija demonstrated throughout this process is admirable and shows that perseverance plays a major role in our survival, both in our personal and professional life.

In this podcast episode, you’ll hear Aija and I talk about some of the things we wish we knew at the time of our experience that we know now, after analyzing the actions and impact they had in general. Bullying is already a terrible experience to have as an adolescent, but it can feel more overwhelming without a supportive individual or group of people surrounding you. I hope that Aija’s story serve as inspiration for those that are going through a similar experience or have overcome bullying in their life. Sometimes, the consequences that negative experiences have on our life can be subliminal and manifest in ways that don’t directly signal an issue with the past. Because of this, it’s important that we provide ourselves with some introspection and become inquisitive about moments we’ve either suppressed or hid from the public.

Please know that if anything is affecting your mental health and/or will to live, there are resources and people that want to help. Below are a list of resources that I invite you to use or share with someone you know needs help.



  • Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying
  • 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time
  • 1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying