I don't even want to THINK about how my life would have been if I didn't have ZDD:
Just kidding. To be honest, I think I probably would still be as shy and timid as I was before I joined ZD. Back before I joined (during my sixth grade year) I was, well, that awkward little twelve-year-old, who sits at her own side of the lunch table (well, not really, since I had a lot of good friends, but still. Trying to prove a point here). I never really spoke up during class or anything, since I was afraid that someone would say something mean about my opinions or myself. But, foruming really helped me to voice my own opinion and really think about what I really think about a specific subject and, I guess, helped me overcome my fears of being outside of my shell.
Probably, I would have had so much better grades, if I didn't join ZD, especially in my seventh grade year, but, I'm working really hard to maintain my grades and still be able to hang out on ZD^^