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Teachers

School is something every teenager dreads. It’s a social norm. We hate our teachers, we hate our classmates, we hate all the work and the studying and the waking up early. However, I believe that there is a much bigger problem at hand than just these simple things that teenagers complain about.

The education system in the United States is subpar, if you ask me. Not enough money is going into our students, our schools, and our teachers. Teachers are sitting at their desks behind their computers drinking coffee rather than in front of the classroom teaching the students. They give packets and packets of papers for their students to complete, hand in, and forget all about as soon as they leave the classroom.

Granted, I have had some incredible teachers that did touch my life and made me love a subject I hated before. Math was enjoyable with my Algebra I and Geometry teacher. English was enjoyable with my freshman English teacher. I truly loved Algebra and English while I had those amazing teachers teaching me. Although you may think that it was just because those teachers graded easily or didn’t give much homework, it was quite the opposite. I am a straight-A student, but I got consistent Bs in Algebra I and Geometry because my teacher challenged us so much. She put a problem on the board that really forced us to apply the concepts she taught us and look at them in a whole new light. My freshman English teacher hardly ever gave As on essays. She forced us to look over every single detail and make sure every point was explained thoroughly. However, I still loved them. They forced me to think. They forced me to challenge myself. I was never bored in those classes, counting ceiling tiles and trying to hide my phone as I texted my friends across the room.

On the other hand, I had the easiest time in Biology last year. I slept through class, never studied, and did very little homework. I got straight As in that class, but I hated it. I hated every bit of it. The course was the easiest one I have ever taken, and I hated it. I didn’t even have to do anything. But I hated it. It was boring. I didn’t learn a thing in that class. My teacher didn’t care what I did. She only cared about the work. She didn’t try to challenge me. She didn’t force me to think critically.

Most people I know love easy classes. Classes where the teacher lets you do whatever you want. Classes where the teacher doesn’t assign any work and grades whatever work they do assign very, very easily. But not me.

I want teachers that do things. I want teachers that get up and make the subject fun and interesting. I want teachers that force me to think. I want teachers that remind me that I can’t get by in life by just mindlessly finishing eighty problems and then handing it in. I want teachers that let me voice my opinions. Most of all, I want teachers that encourage my intelligence and encourage me to think on higher levels.

I can’t be the only one, can I?

Teens and Social Media

Social media is everywhere. Every advertisement tells you to like a page on Facebook, or follow someone on Twitter, or snap a photo and post it to Instagram. It’s nearly impossible to avoid in today’s society. Additionally, it seems that the overwhelming majority of people using social networks are teenagers. Our lives are on the internet. When we eat good food, or crappy food, or any kind of food really, we need to snap a photo of it and put an “artistic” filter on it and post it on Instagram. We tweet every hour to let our followers know what we’re up to, even if we’re just “bored, lying in bed and watching Sherlock.”

And in all honesty, everybody complains about oversharers, but everyone does it.

Social media has done some good in our society. We can connect to our friends very quickly and easily, find out what everyone in town thinks of a new restaurant, and easily see what new movies and such are coming out. However, I feel like there is a lot of drama on social media, especially on Facebook.

A friend of mine blocks people on Facebook when she’s mad. She has gotten mad at me before and threatened to block me. My initial thought (and only thought, actually) when she said that was, “What?” I found it incredibly ridiculous that blocking me on Facebook even counts as a viable threat! It still makes me laugh even right now. I mean, seriously. Go ahead and block me on Facebook. Not like it affects me that much anyways. Interestingly enough, though, this friend of mine consistently threatens to block people when she’s mad at them. I don’t get why she does that. Nobody ever cares and it just makes them want to provoke her even more. She can’t do anything except block people on Facebook!

I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen an argument on Facebook over the most pointless things. It’s absolutely ridiculous. And of course, it’s under someone’s status for the whole world to see, and you can be sure that they’re enjoying the arguments. Teens are dramatic enough as it is, but if you add a platform like Facebook, where hundreds of “friends” can read everything posted, suddenly everything is amplified. Anyone can add comments that could offend others and light other angry sparks.

YouTube comment arguments are terribly common also. I don’t understand what it is with people, but they always have to call out strangers whenever their opinions differ. Seriously guys, just leave it alone! ONE person thinks One Direction is better than Bon Jovi. Well, too bad for them! They’re missing out on amazing music because they’re too distracted by bubblegum pop and shit. Why does it even matter what some 10-year-old in Nebraska thinks anyways? If you don’t like 1D, don’t listen to them! And don’t expect a ten-year-old to have the same music interests as you do! Another thing I don’t understand is why people watch a music video and say something like, “This music sucks.” If it sucks, then why the hell are you listening to it? That’s just giving the video more views and increasing its publicity.

I use social media sites a lot, but if people would just please stop being such dicks on the Internet, the world would really appreciate it.

Guy Friends

I have more guy friends than girl friends, and I like things better that way. Guy friends are just so much easier to hang out with. They don’t backstab you, they’re honest with you, and you can tell them to shut up and go away and they’ll come back to you tomorrow like nothing ever happened. I’ve never had a problem with guy friends. They’re so much more genuine and they’re not as judgmental.

However, I have met a few guys who were absolute nightmares. They started arguments over little things, whined about everything, and couldn’t understand why I got mad at them when it was midnight and they were still bugging me after I told them I had a lot of work to finish. It drove me crazy.

If a guy friend causes more problems than a girl friend, he isn’t a good guy friend. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t ask for advice or talk about their feelings. I’m just saying that they shouldn’t become huge burdens.

Teenagerism #1: Everything is a big deal!

The world constantly complains about teenagers. We’re rebellious, we’re rude, we’re loud and obnoxious with our friends, and we’re stony silent with our families. We stay up late, swear, and do stupid things. It’s who we are. Parents consult child psychologists and parenting magazines to learn how to handle their teenagers, but why don’t they ever consult the main source? Ask a teenager! So, in an attempt to explain the mindsets and attitudes of teenage brains, I’d like to present a little series I call, “Teenagerisms.”

Teenagerism #1: Everything is a big deal!

Teenagers make a big deal out of everything. Everything can tear their universe apart. Everything will ruin their lives. It’s absolutely ridiculous. That girl he likes doesn’t like him back? It’s the end of the world. She gets a D on ONE test? She’s convinced she won’t go to college.

I don’t really understand it, but these little things that might not be a big deal to adults are a big deal to us young people. I know I can’t speak for the entire teenage population, but I know that sometimes, I make a huge deal out of the littlest things. And there’s always that voice in the back of my mind that’s whispering, “Calm down. It’s not a big deal. You’re being a baby about this. Stop it.”

But the rest of me is screaming at that tiny, reasonable voice, “Shut up! My life is over and my world is falling apart and everything sucks and everything should just go die!”

Of course, I believe I’m on the more reasonable side of the teenager scale, and I know I’ll make mistakes, people won’t always be nice to me, and not everything will go my way. And most of the time, I’m okay with that. But I have my moments.

I’ve had so many friends that make a huge deal out of the littlest things. A dear friend of mine was the queen of drama queens. If you looked up “teenage drama” in the dictionary, her picture would be right there, her bright green eyes staring at you with a stony cold gaze.

Forget to text her back? “OMG, are you mad at me? You’re mad at me, aren’t you? You think I’m a bad friend, don’t you? WHY ARE YOU IGNORING ME?”

Hang out with a different group for a lunch period? “OMG you’re replacing me. What did I do wrong? Am I a bad friend? No, wait. You’re a bad friend because you’re ditching me for those girls. I’m not speaking to you anymore.”

Has a crush on a guy? “He’s so awesome and so cute and so athletic and so talented! He totally likes me. He was staring at me all through class yesterday!” (He really wasn’t.)

We’re teenagers. We perceive everything differently because we’ve seen enough to understand that bad things happen, but we’re still too young to understand that everything will be okay in the end. So, when faced with a teenager’s “crisis,” just hear us out. Please don’t make a big joke out of it. These “little things” are a big deal to us, and we’d appreciate it if the important adults in our lives treated them that way.