Teens Tell Their Story (Week 1): The Struggles of Being a Teenager

The teens tell their story projects is finally here! Sherina and Caitlyn (please check out their amazing blogs) came up with this awesome project which encourages teenagers, like myself, to write about a chosen topic each week. This week, as you can see from the title, is ‘The struggles of being a teenager’. So without further ado, here we go…

Personally; I love being a teenager, and the first thing that came to mind when seeing this topic is actually becoming an ‘adult’ and moving on. I mean who wants to grow up? Exactly. No one. I guess this would come under the category of responsibility. You start your teenage years at 13 (obviously) with little to no responsibility and slowly you have to get a job because your parents no longer fund your frequent cinema trips, you have to actually revise for exams due to the fact they will directly impact your future (although I never really revised, but yeah) and most of all you are constantly hounded with the extremely annoying question ‘what do you want to as a career when you’re older’, a question which haunts the minds of many teenagers, especially me. How am I supposed to know what job I want when I’m older, or what I want to study at university when I can’t even decide what socks to wear for the day? This sounds like I’m just moaning because I am super lazy and can’t be bothered to have responsibility, and if you thought that you would be right, I am teenager after all. But yeah growing up and actually having to mature is definitely a struggle, at least it is for me.

This brings me to my next struggle. The media HATES us. Like a lot. Teenagers are portrayed as evil and thuggish entities who wear hoodies, carry knives and get drunk 24/7. Whilst this stereotype has calmed down recently it still annoys me as most teenagers are rather nice and because of the media’s representation of us I’ve had old people cross the road to avoid walking past me whilst I’ve been wearing a hoodie. I’d much rather give an old person a hug than stab them, unless of course their name is Rupert Murodch, in which case i’d get sharpening my blade. For real though, it is annoying carrying the burden for other teenagers wrong doings.

The final struggle I am including in this list is of course school. Now, for the most part, I have enjoyed my education thus far, mainly due to the fact sixth form was awesome, however, school is probably the single most moaned about thing in all of history (except maybe the weather, I am British after all). There are many things about school that could be deemed a struggle, but I’ll just concentrate on a couple of them. First and foremost; teachers. And not just because they give you homework, it’s the fact they have to  patronise you and talk down to you with a level of respect even Kanye West wouldn’t steep to. Now not all teachers are like this of course, but there are a large enough proportion of them for it to be considered a struggle, that’s for sure… No I wouldn’t jump of a bridge because he told me to, sir! (That line was the main culprit for me, I can’t be the only one that finds that extremely annoying haha). Finally, and this is probably the biggest struggle, you have to adjust you personality to fit in, especially since I went to an all boys school. This is why I enjoyed sixth form so much, I could be my weird, camp self and, even though a few people thought I was gay :(, it was completely fine and I had a very close friend group. Whereas at secondary school I had to adjust my personality and do things I thought other people would like, rather than for myself and this was most definitely a struggle. I mean I don’t want to talk about what I would do to random female stranger 24/7 (Yes that is what some #lads talk about, allll the time).

So yeah, there are just a few of my struggles of being a teen. I hoped you enjoyed reading and if you want to find out more about the project, or get involved yourself, then check out Caitlyn and Sherina’s blogs using the link above. Keep smiling, Harrison.

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5 thoughts on “Teens Tell Their Story (Week 1): The Struggles of Being a Teenager

  1. Hah, I understand. The school/teacher struggle is so real. Also, the pressure to get great grades is pretty horrifying depending on the curriculum and school system and all (AKA my school is hell). But oddly enough, I’ve never really thought much about the whole stereotype against teenagers, but that’s probably because I rarely get out of the house on my own and because I am literally the single most unnoticed person ever, but I don’t actually mind that too much. Also, the struggle to decide what you want to become when you grow up is pretty frustrating, especially when your favorite career choices (for me writing, journalism, criminology) won’t get you anywhere in life and your parents are pretty intent on sending you to Harvard with medical school ambition despite your obvious lack of intelligence in all things, especially medical. Oh well, c’est la vie (that’s life). Sorry, lame French class reference. [I also just realized I addressed the points of your post in the opposite order, oops.]

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    1. Yeah our school decided it would be a good idea to make us take our exams in year 9, it was horrible haha. And yeah parents and teachers make out that university is the only option, but it isn’t nowadays, this is the self made generation and people can do what they want in my opinion haha. Also, I got the French reference I’m always saying it myself, Aujhord Oui 🙂

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      1. I feel terrible for you. That’s true, lots of people don’t really go to university anymore, and rather go about getting money and making a living in their own, non degree, way. Though my parents would never stand for that (they’d probably call it bs or something, which, I have to admit, in some cases, when the person doesn’t know what they’re doing, it is). Same, I don’t really care what others do. Haha, awesome now I won’t feel singularly awkward. Though my French teacher is more awkward than me. She sucks at teaching.

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      2. Yes I agree, but if you know what you’re doing have a passion for something non degree related why not go for it! No regrets haha. And I can relate with the French teacher, mine was awful, hence why it was the only subject I failed, or maybe I was just bad at it idk haha.

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      3. Very true, or else life will just be pretty mundane. Haha, well it’ll probably remain a mystery. My french teacher thinks she’s hilarious, but everytime she makes a joke it’s just immensely awkward for the rest of us. She also seems to think we’re in serious need of cocaine or something. At least that’s what all her drug jokes suggest.

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