Jersey Shore‘s Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” Polizzi has faced her fair share of bullies during her teenage years, and now the MTV star is sharing her story in hopes of ending “digital drama” once and for all. Having to dodge constant rumors about her promiscuity as a student at New York’s Malboro High School, Snooki, now 24, says dealing with her haters made her a stronger person.

“As a freshman, I was bullied so much by the older girls. What I went through in high school made me who I am today: I’m very strong. [To] whoever talks about me, I’m like ‘Yeah, whatever,'” the reality star explains in a just-released Public Service Announcement for the network’s A Thin Line Campaign, which aims to end sexting, cyber bullying and digital dating abuse.

Currently filming her own Jersey Shore spinoff with Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Snooki hopes fans struggling with bullies will adopt the same philosophy that helped her survive and thrive as a teen. “Do not live your life trying to please everyone else so they like you,” she says. “Just please yourself and if people don’t like you and they make fun of you, that’s their own problem.”

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