17, your story is similar to many of us on here, so most of us can relate to what you're going through. My advice is since school doesn't start for 4 more wks, why not shave it at least once to see how YOU like it, get out and get some sun (w/sunscreen of course) and once you return to school, you'll likely get a comment or 2 the first week, but after that it won't really matter anymore you know? People will then move on to some other topic - that's how high school is. You can always grow it back out after the first shave if you don't like it. I know it's kind of a scary thing to do but look around this forum and you'll see that most everybody enjoys the SLY look and they don't look back! Embrace what you've been given and who knows, maybe you'll start a SLY trend at your school?! Good luck either way and keep us posted.