As a teenager, one of the things I loathed the most was being a statistic under ANY situation. That singular loathing is why I have survived many challenges thrown at me (
Having such a notion at the back of my mind propels me into success, more often than not and I think more people should think like that too. It's what makes you keep your head screwed on tight, even while all those around you are loosing theirs. It's what sets you apart and makes you a trail blazer.
So be encouraged to stand out and stand up for what is right. Don't just be a number in the book. :)