Spring break is upon us, which means the school year is almost coming to a close, which also leads me to the wonderful topic of my expiration date that seems far off, but apparently is right around the corner. When I say expiration date, I mean in terms of my high school career and future that is approaching all too quickly.
At 16 I feel as if I’ve been around the block and back. As a teen we face many pressures, but what I feel sometimes is over looked is the ever enduring questions and pressure of “what do you want to do in life” and “what college are you going to.” I swear, literally every adult that I meet has stopped asking how I was doing and jumped right into where I am going for college, what are my grades, and the usual/annoying response oh that’s a top school with steep competition.
I try to be the most respectful that I can, but come on, as if I don’t know that my grades are average, and that there are 50,000 kids just like me, I don’t have a sports scholarship, academic scholarship, and my charity is on hiatus. Sorry, but my curing some world disease, noble peace prize is in the shop. Teens are given
the stereotype as “having a lot of angst, being angry, moody, and tired” let me tell you that this comes from some adults whose pressure is ridiculous, not even from parents, but like random people who your just like “woah chill out, some one forgot their Prozac.” Hey, ya you, adult over there, I am not an idiot, I know my future is important duh its my future, but maybe let me and my parents try to figure it out, but thanks for the doubtful “community college”cough you gave, we all heard it.
In 10th grade, already I feel like my life is over, decided, and there is nothing I can do. There is this huge amount of unreachable pressure for a standard that leaves me with anger, like seriously I cannot get into a good college because I don’t have a 4.3 gpa what happened to 4.0 gpa being perfect. Whoops’ guess I did not get that memo because apparently perfect is out and being some super genius, advanced placement in every subject is the only way that you will ever make something out of your life.
Next thing you are going to hear is that in order to work at McDonalds you will have to have a 3.7 gpa. Don’t get me wrong of course I want all kids,teens, young adults, to be challenged to be the best and to succeed in life, Lord knows I do, but at what extent though, it’s beginning to feel like I am a failure if my grades and life aren’t perfect.
This quick little insight into my thoughts as a teen isn’t to point a finger at adults, it’s just to give a brief over view at what you as a teen are feeling, or as an adult who knows or has someone in their life experiencing the same thing!