Many adults look at me and just think, "that’s just some punk kid."
Well, I’m here to tell you I’m way more than that. I have empathy and actually care for the people I meet. Just because I have long hair, wear certain clothes, and listen to rap music doesn't mean I lack compassion.
My parents and grandparents often make jokes about the things I do and enjoy. They say it makes me look like a “stoner” or a “punk.” The truth is that I’m neither of those things.
I just really hate stereotypes. They are all around us. It makes people feel like they’re worthless. It takes away our vision for the future. We might as well let other people decide who we become.
Just because I enjoy having my hair long, using my cell phone to communicate, and listening rap music, doesn’t mean I don’t have morals and only care about technology.
A lot of the things adults believe about my generation really gets to me sometimes, because I strive to be a good person. I try to put a smile on someone’s face everyday. I am active in my school by being involved in many clubs. Beyond school, I do things for my community. Also, I sit and actually talk to people face-to-face. I am able to do that and not just stare at a screen.
The truth about me is that I am really passionate about what I do. I give a lot of love to everyone. I even have opinions about the world around us. I love talking to my grandparents about history and politics and having discussions about life. I do not live a life of just keeping my head nestled down into my phone.
On that subject, I do use my phone quite a bit, but I am not just using it out of addiction or habit. I use my phone for putting my work in BJJTV out there on social media so people can see the work the staff and I’ve done. I use it to run Twitter accounts for clubs and activities I’m in. That's how we share information with each other about important dates, theme nights, and more! So, the stereotype that teens only use their phones for nonsense gets really old for me.
As far as my music and taste in clothing, that shouldn't label me as a possible "stoner" or "punk." I wear the clothes I wear for the simple reason that I like the way they look on me. The music I enjoy is interesting because I like to listen to the stories these artists are telling through songs. I am willing to bet that I am not alone when it comes to this.
Teens are often misunderstood and I understand that, but the stereotypes just get so old. The judgement is overwhelming. I just don’t want a stereotype to define who I am to you. No one wants that.
Until next time,
With all these memories (and more!) my top three are hard to choose, but I think I have decided.
Doing my first backpack story was one of the more proud moments of my life. I didn’t know what topic I wanted to cover at all, so I looked on a list of options MT made. I saw one over how teens cope with grief. It seemed challenging, so I wanted to take it on.
Getting interviews was the most challenging part about this. People kept cancelling on me and saying no, which is totally understandable. It's not easy to open up like that, especially on camera. MT was getting irritated because I was so late with the story, so she helped me get some interviews, so I could get the process started.
When it was all over, I was really pleased with the outcome! Here's a link to the story, CLICK HERE to see it!
Dear Future Freshmen,
High school may seem really scary at this point. Trust me, I know.
I remember the first time I ever walked into WHS. It made my heart race and a huge frog began to form in my throat. I’ve never seen something so massive and intimidating in my life. Then I saw some kid with a full beard and I couldn’t believe it! So, I understand it’s a whole new place full of many people.
My advice is pretty simple. GET INVOLVED! It’s that easy. You’ll gain friendships, good relationships with teachers (who make really good references) and much more. There is literally so much you can participate in during high school. Find something that interests you and go for it.
Another tip I have is don’t argue with teachers, they always win. This is not a good way to get a teacher to like you, which is actually important.
Something else that is helpful would be do NOT make out in the halls. This is a big no. Trust me, no one wants to see that.
The most important thing to remember is to just have fun. Don't worry too much. There’s a happy medium between having too much fun and just being too stressed out.
There are always people to talk to if you are scared of high school, so just be open and friendly. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Believe it or not, we were all once freshmen, too.
When I think about traveling, there are a few places that come to mind. Currently, my top travel destination is Paris. The city is full of history, monuments, and artwork. One of its nicknames is the "City of Love." Me, being a romantic, has to see why it is called that. I also have a huge interest in the Eiffel Tower. To me, it's one of the greatest monuments in the world. In the 5th grade, I wrote a paper about the Eiffel Tower. That experience really showed me the rich history of how it was constructed.
Italy is another country I would like to visit. A lot of my bloodline comes from parts of Italy, such as Sicily, which is the largest island in the Mediterranean located just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." It would be awesome if I could learn more about the country and my heritage. My grandma always told me that my great-grandpa was a member of the Mafia. How true that is, I have no clue, but I definitely want to find out.
Greece is just a country I would like to see because it is so beautiful there. I've only seen pictures and heard what people say about it, but thanks to those sources, I think it would be amazing country to tour. One thing I find very interesting about Greece is their Mythology, along with their Gods and Goddesses, and also the Olympic history.
I would travel every single place in the world if I could. These are only three of the places that I would visit and have the most interest in. I hope someday I get to experience all of these places.