Emmaly Manchanthasouk will tell anyone who asks that she's a nerd. She loves computers and works hard in her classes but the twenty-something says she sometimes has to convince people to take her seriously.
"When I was a freshman and a sophomore I actually dressed down." Manchanthasouk said she eschewed her prefered clothing in favor of the sweatpants worn by her classmates. Over time she's become more confident "I want to show the world that you can be a nerd and also still look pretty cool too."
Manchanthasouk and dozens of other iReporters chimed in with their stories and experiences as part of CNN's coverage on changing concepts of beauty. Many had painful stories, some funny ones but everyone provided distinct ideas and experiences.See and hear all of their stories here
By John Sepulvado, CNN
Dublin, Ireland (CNN) - The sky is overcast, the wind is howling, and – like every day in Ireland – lashing rain could come at any moment. Yet Sam Hopkins is walking on a sunbeam.
This summer, Hopkins will be working in London for a firm managing the 2012 Olympic summer games. The position is a major coup for the Dublin Business School student, largely because the prospects in Ireland are dim.
"It's quite limited," Hopkins explains. "We're such a small country, we do have certain events, but they are on such a small scale compared to other countries."
Finding a job in Ireland, Hopkins says, can be a difficult task – especially for young adults. The Irish economy is in the toilet. Double digit unemployment, high government debt and a glut of unoccupied housing have silenced the roar of the Celtic Tiger, and left many of its cubs struggling to find employment.