High school is a huge stepping stone in a young adult’s life. This is a time of growing mentally and physically. Most lessons are learned during this time period and this is also the time to “find yourself.” Your hormones are raging; you care too much about what people think of you, and don’t know whether or not you’re a kid or an adult. Add all of that up, plus the pressure to be perfect, multiplied by the hours of homework, and divided by the amount of energy drinks it takes to stay awake and you have the perfect formula for a mental hazard. Incidentally, this is also the formula that equals teenagers. Let’s do the math, mental hazard= teenager. You may be thinking that I’m over- exaggerating. Sorry to say, I’m not, but the good news is it’s preparing them for the real world, which believe it or not, is not candy canes and rainbows. Lessons you learn in the teenage years: who you want to be friends with, what you are interested in, and what kind of person all of this makes you out to be. College is the next step in a young adult’s life and the lessons they learned in high school will help them conquer their difficulties throughout college and the rest of their lives.
Starting with the biggest lesson that will follow you throughout life; who do you want to be friends with? This is focused mainly in older kids because young children haven’t been around long enough to develop bad habits. Teenagers are so insecure that they may latch onto the first group that accepts them. Remember that even though it doesn’t seem like a big deal, it has the potential to be forever tattooed upon your forehead. Don’t hang with the wrong crowd! If what they do makes you uncomfortable (drugs, alcohol, vandalism, other types of tomfoolery) then why are you still there? Are they mean, rude, selfish, bullies, or just your general rabble-rousers? Chances are it’s time to split. It may seem like a daunting task, but it will be better for you in the long run. “Friends” isn’t just...
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