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Coming of Age

What's The Point Of High School, Anyway?

Sanah Imran | Posted 04.16.2014 | Teen
Sanah Imran

Well, not really. I'm still a senior in high school, but I have finally gotten off the roller coaster of applying to college that I boarded as an apprehensive, but ambitious, junior. But, having finished this process, I find that I have more questions than answers.

18 Things I've Learned Before Turning 18

Hannah Strohmeier | Posted 04.03.2014 | Teen
Hannah Strohmeier

As my 18th birthday is quickly approaching, I have compiled a list of, what I consider to be, pretty valuable lessons. Here are 18 things I have figured out before I reach this milestone that is important to every teenager.

The Top 5 Coming-Of-Age TV Shows

Leo Sheng | Posted 03.25.2014 | Teen
Leo Sheng

Growing up, I had no idea what "coming of age" meant for one main reason: I never asked. Now, I understand it to describe the topics of young adulthood: self-confidence, friendships, relationships, peer pressure, sexuality and other forms of self-identification.

SXSW Interview: Stars Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack on Complicated Young Love in I Believe in Unicorns

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The film will also cause us women of all ages to remember those 'bad boys' in our pasts -- the ones for whom we always made excuses, no matter how badly they treated us in public.

Suburban Blues: Memories of a Late Baby Boomer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

We slept with our bedroom windows open and our blankets at our feet. We heard the conversations of passing teenagers and lovers through the windows, and we heard the drone and swoosh of the occasional traffic. We could hear the ballgame on someone else's radio.

A Chat With Kenneth Walsh About His New Coming-of-Age Memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?

Mark Allen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

Growing up gay -- especially in the 20th century -- was a particularly challenging experience. Try doing it not entirely sure if it will A) lead to your getting a disease that will kill you within 12 months; and B) cause everyone you know and love to disown you.

Foster The People Learn Some Rough Life Lessons

Posted 02.07.2014 | Entertainment

Foster The People have announced that their sophomore album, "Supermodel," will debut on March 18. The band also dropped the official visuals for the ...

Hairy Legs

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

The upside of this hormonal landmark was that my breasts grew infinitesimally. The downside was that Daddy had my stepmother tell me I couldn't wear a padded bra. "Bad girls wear those," she said.

Foster The People Are 'Coming Of Age'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Foster The People has released the first single, "Coming Of Age," off of their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Supermodel." While Mark Foster tol...

Ahoy, Greta Gerwig! Talking With the Star of Frances Ha

Alex Koenig | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Koenig

The tall, dirty blonde-haired actress is the title character and co-writer of Frances Ha, a low-budget masterwork about life's bittersweet symphony, the beauty and pain endured during one's late 20s.

The Great Mystery of Straight People

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Of course, straight people were everywhere, but when they were on TV, they weren't real to me, and when they were my friends' parents, they weren't sexy to me. Young English teachers and comedy actors in movies, however, seemed both real and sexy to me.

Art of the Memoir: Josh Hanagarne, the World's Strongest Librarian, on Tourette Syndrome, Choosing Stories and Being Strong at the Library

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.23.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

"No matter what you're doing, if words aren't appearing on the page, you're not writing yet. Don't worry about people's reactions during the first draft. Just get it down."

Kill Your Darlings

Sheril Antonio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sheril Antonio

Director John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings is a fascinating coming of age story that makes an unexpected contribution to the evolution of the film noir genre.

When The Boys Start To Call

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.28.2013 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I want to hide my beautiful blue-eyed, golden-haired daughter from the wandering eyes of the world. Instead, we practiced using the telephone today. We role-played conversations beforehand. Then she called him back.

8 Coming-of-Age Stories for Our Generation

Uloop | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Uloop

My generation gets a lot of flack for being self-involved, lazy, and socially-inept whiners, like Holden Caulfield. However, I would like to challenge the people making these claims to think about whether or not they felt certain when they made decisions that altered the rest of their lives.

On 'Figuring It Out'

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 11.11.2013 | College
Rainesford Alexandra

Everyone has that moment in their life when they look around, take a moment to reflect on whatever is happening around them, whatever their peers are doing, whatever they should be doing, and think: Wow. I really missed something.

Reflections on Coming of Age in the Age of 9/11

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

I am thoroughly convinced that my generation is rightly positioned to make a significant difference for the better within our world. We are a generation proven, tested, and committed to needed change.

The Way Way Back and the Importance of Surrogate Parenting

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 11.11.2013 | Entertainment
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

This wonderful coming-of-age story follows Duncan's efforts to take space from the sub-standard Trent and to come to terms with the pain of his father's absence and rejection.

What My First Kiss Taught Me About Love

Wes Janisen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Wes Janisen

When I compare my first kiss with a girl to my make-out session with what's-his-name, I realize that sexual orientation sometimes takes a back seat to other tenants of our identities, even as it relates to love.

Passing the Torch to a New 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

Shaun Sperling | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaun Sperling

Yesterday my Facebook page and Twitter account blew up with posts about a new bar mitzvah boy, Sam Horowitz. The video of Sam's bar mitzvah -- complete with a a troupe of dancers, a sharp outfit, and a look of pure joy and exhilaration on Sam's face -- is awe-inspiring.

Turning 21 in America

Tim Elmore | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

In every culture there are rites of passage, markers that distinguish childhood from adulthood. But in America, our total focus at this stage and age is on rights. In fact, the first thing that pops into our minds when we think about turning "21" is drinking.

WATCH: New TV Series Examines Awkward And Painful Coming-Of-Age

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Award-winning comedian Josh Thomas will bring his Australian comedic-drama series "Please Like Me" to the shores of the U.S next week. Set to premier...

A Boy's Summer of Self-Discovery

Pam Didner | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Pam Didner

I wanted to tell my boy, "I told you so," but I also wanted to tell my boy that it's fantastic that he figured out some important life lessons at such an early stage of his life.

The 99 Cent Gift That Saved My Life

Candace Walsh | Posted 07.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Candace Walsh

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI never learned a single trick. I didn't gain friends by teaching others how to yo-yo. Instead, I forged tenuous, make-do friendships with other oddballs who still believed in the Easter Bunny, or punched my shoulder when we didn't agree -- who didn't feed my soul.

How My Mom's Wedding Taught Me The True Meaning Of Love

Lindsay Miller | Posted 09.02.2013 | Weddings
Lindsay Miller

My own romantic relationship may not have been what society at large expected. But as I read those words and champagne flutes clinked in solidarity, I knew my mom and Ray -- and Martin and I -- perfectly fit the description of love I'd tried capturing.