“Your hair is ugly;” “You look like Medusa;” and “Why is your hair like that?” became my normal. I felt as if the things they were saying were accurate. My hair became the punchline.
“I have already given so much into this sport, and I will continue to do my part because I can’t give up on those who need me.”
A few members of the class of ‘17 speak up about how to avoid senioritis. Although the whole process of applying to college is stressful, it’ll pay off to be optimistic.
Money’s always going to be a very important thing in your life. If you find things that are free, great, but most of the things you have now are not free. Somebody had to pay for them. So it’s best that you manage your money the best possible way you can while you’re still young.” – Catherine, 19
The idea of making a budget can fill even the bravest teen with doubt and uneasiness. A video produced by Junior Achievement says half of all teens don’t know how to create a simple budget and one-third of Americans don’t pay their bills on time. It doesn’t have to be that way! Budgets aren’t something to fear. They’re tools that help you keep track of where your money is going.
I didn’t blow out birthday candles my 17th year on planet Earth hoping for a gap year. It snuck up on me.
I’m not here to teach you anything. All I want to do is create stories where you can read it and be like, “Yo, he looks like me, sounds like me, he’s dealing with some things that I may be dealing with.”
Three of my fellow VOX teen journalists, Catherine Boyd, Thalia Butts, and Jason Crichton, had the chance to interview these authors as I assisted some other fellow teens with shooting the video. Each of these authors had interesting things to say about their work. I found all of their inspirations to be both relatable and fascinating, with most of their work being inspired by events and people in their lives.
Luckily, there are many organizations that recognize the trials and triumphs of the first-generation college student and are here to help. Here are some resources that’ll help you get into college and enjoy the college years.
Being in high school doesn’t mean it’s too early to start looking for ways to save. In fact, many of these tips will make high school life a little easier as well as preparing you for the world beyond.