I see this all the time in my life. I wear makeup, curl my hair and pick out coordinating outfits to feel "pretty." I carry big books, take AP classes and study for my SAT so I feel "smart." And you know what? I'm pretty sick and tired of it.
On July 9 and 10, over 300 girls from more than 30 states and six countries gathered under one roof in New York City for the very first Smart Girls Conference.
I wouldn't change much of my high school experience, I don't think, even though there were some days where things went horribly wrong. But I do wish I'd known a few things when I stepped into those bustling hallways on the first day of freshman year.
In today's world, scenarios like this one are more than frequent. They're everywhere. Being born or living in a different country than the country your parents grew up in has become more and more regular.
"Bo$$" screams female empowerment. The artwork for the cover alone makes it clear that Fifth Harmony is ready to be taken seriously as a group.
Two years ago, I made the decision to study politics. I have to be honest, the subject wasn't my first choice. It was one of those "nothing else appeals to me but hey, as a last resort I'll take this" decisions.
Being a teenager is hard enough, but what if you have an embarrassing medical diagnosis?
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a thousand heartbeats; embracing, racing, healthy and free.
I have many choices of things to do. Shall I start a project like a band? Go on holiday? Get a summer job? Do some charity work? Or shall I binge watch Pretty Little Liars whilst stuffing my face and looking like a hobo despite having stuff to do? Sounds about right.
Science and writing -- two polar opposites according to societal norms, and yet, I was in love with both. So, what did that make me? Science or humanities?
When asked where I see myself in ten years, I will say point blankly I don't know; but, what I do know is that I want to be happy. I think a lot of young adults would say this. However, sometimes achieving happiness is harder than you may think.
On the last day of school, as I said goodbye to everyone, I didn't fully understand that it was the last time I'd be seeing the same people every day, or following a bell schedule and even having a gym class.
I had never been away from home before and at 13 years old, I thought I'd give it a try. Two weeks in the beautiful Northeast writing and rafting -- not a bad way to spend your summer, right? It didn't take too long for me to figure out I didn't want to be there.
I maintained this unnecessary attitude until the beginning of my college career, before it finally hit me: If you're trying to control everything, do you really have a grasp on anything?
4-H camp is a very special place. While the lanyards might eventually snap off, and the smell of sunscreen and sunburn medication fades away, the things we learned from each other will stick around forever.
He relates to teenagers, expressing that he's been there and gave into peer pressure. He also uses his own life experience to explain not only that excessive drinking isn't cool, but also that it can lead you to a perilous and poisoning path. So why don't young people respect that?