Because we'd just immigrated, I didn't speak English for almost two years in my pre-teens, so of course I was bullied like crazy because I was so different from everyone. I think I became fluent by the time I was 13 or so, at which point boys were starting to notice girls, and all of a sudden being foreign became exotic so it became my saving grace - boys liked me, so girls left me alone, generally excluding me but not being mean to me. For most of my teens I most had male friends, so I haven't been able to relate to women too well.
The worst bullying I've ever experienced was probably in college, with this one girl who made it a point to belittle me, taunt me, force people to avoid me, and generally antagonize me for pretty much all 4 years. There were definitely times when it got to me and I'd be lying when I said that there weren't days when I was scared to go to class because of her, but I eventually got over it and even began to join her - when she laughed at my comments in class, I'd also laugh at myself and how stupid I sounded, which didn't really sit well with her.
While I'm obviously not a fan of the experience, I think to some degree the movements to eliminate it all together seem to take it too far and try to reduce all sorts of criticism and opposition. Now it seems teachers can't even give feedback to kids because it'll hurt their feelings. I know it's a different issue but the ideas certainly transpire, and it seems that now we're looking at kids incapable of handling any form of criticism, who'll grow up incapable of functioning in society.
To some degree I think that if I hadn't gotten bullied I would've been too shielded, maybe unable to relate to the experience of being marginalized, so while at the time it was awful, I'm okay with it. I have decently thick skin now thanks to it, so there in hindsight I'm okay with it, and thankful to these people that've helped me become stronger, even if that wasn't their intention. I'm definitely a 'glass half full' kinda gal.