Christian Weisman - Grade 7, Incarnation Catholic School
Surviving the Teenage Years
As I sit at the table waiting for dinner, I mention this writing contest to my mom. I tell her that my plan for surviving and thriving the teenage years is to, “Live life.” As my mom places plates of food on the table, she looks at me and replies, “You’ll never survive.” She suggests considering how my siblings, Ben and Lindsey, survived these years. I ponder a bit. Ben and Lindsey? They did make it through those years pretty much unscathed. After I little bit of thinking I determined that my goals would be similar to their goals-do well in high school and, in college, major in engineering. Therefore, my plan for meeting my goals, as well as, surviving the teenage years requires that I do well in school, get involved, and overcome the “drama.”
In high school take college prep classes and excel in them. This is what my siblings did and it worked. They received fives, the top score, on every AP test they took and were accepted into every college they applied to. Was this easy? No, Did they encounter roadblocks? Yes. They survived by getting help from teachers, friends, parents, and being proud of their accomplishments. My plan is to do the same and pray for similar results.
Ben and Lindsey were involved in athletics, clubs, and volunteer programs. Their involvement exemplified Dottie Yeck’ s philosophy of Being Good + Doing Good= Having Fun + Being Happy. Whenever Ben or Lindsey helped someone he/she would come home in a great mood and tell my mom everything he/she did. Often these activities involved being with friends, making even the toughest undertakings fun. Ben and Lindsey ran cross-country. Amazingly, they could run ten miles and still be cheerful. Somehow, competing and being with friends, magically makes running mile after mile pleasurable. Participating in activities is an important aspect of my survival plan.
The final aspect of my plan is overcome the “drama.” Drama is the biggest roadblock of the teenage years. Teenage drama includes, friend drama, “I don’t have a date” drama, “I gained three pounds this week.” drama, and “I’m not going to pass this test,” drama. How did my siblings get through all of this drama? Sometimes they consulted my parents for advice. They did not always like what my parents had to say, resulting in slamming doors and shedding tears, but a resolution usually occurred. Sometimes friendships were broken, other times friends helped them through the tough times and the weight gain. Communicating with your parents, like it or not, and having good friends is a vital part of any teenager’s survival plan.
During the teenage years, surviving, overcoming roadblocks, and reaching goals is tough. My plan for surviving, goals intact, includes; doing well in school, getting involved in activities, and overcoming the “drama.”