Katlin Pistone - Grade 9, Brookville High School
Survival Kit for the Apocalypse (Otherwise Known As Your Teenage Years)
For many generations, parents everywhere have told the tale of their teenage years being the toughest years of life. Sadly, this tale is the cold, hard truth. You will lose a friend, get a bad grade, or move to a new school, like myself. Whether these obstacles break you or motivate you is up to your actions. So make sure you have all you need in your survival kit for the “apocalypse”, otherwise known as your “teenage years.”
The most essential part of your survival kit includes your books and pencils. Education is the key to life success. “Being good and doing good will allow you to have fun and be happy.” (Mrs. Yeck) Raising your hand in class and doing work early may not be "popular" at your school; but believe me it is popular with your teachers and universities. You HAVE to stay organized in school and keep up with your homework. Using a planner is a good way to monitor the work you have completed and what still needs to get done. Education is the top priority.
Secondly, you're going to have to pack an open mind. There are two types of people; those who watch it happen and those who make it happen. You want to be a player in the game not a sit on the sidelines. Whether it be athletics, clubs, choir, or band try all you can to stay active at your school. Through these opportunities you will end up meeting new people that you never would have met, had you not gotten involved.
Another crucial item you will need to pack in your teenage survival kit is your family. Through thick and thin, they will support and love you no matter what. Don't be afraid to ask your family anything. It makes them feel appreciated and wanted when you ask them questions. Bond with them too. These memories will give you lasting happiness.
Lastly,don’t forget to pack the tissues. Whether you like it or not, you are bound to get involved in some kind of despair or drama throughout these years. A friend will betray you, a boyfriend or girlfriend will break your heart, you might miss the game winning shot, and your family always knows how to push just the right buttons. Being able to swiftly learn lessons and move on is a skill that isn't very common. I have yet to master that skill. Use these circumstances as learning experiences and by the end of these eventful years, you will have abilities to use forever.
Now that you know what you need to pack to get through your teenage years, use this information to better prepare yourself. This time will go by before you know it. Make sure to add your own little twist to the kit if you would like. As you venture through these years, try to keep in mind "What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right." Pack accordingly.