Monday, May 30, 2011

Who are these teenagers? - Reflection

Everyone knows that the teenage years for a kid can be the most confusing time of his or her life, especially for girls. It’s that awkward time in your life where you are trying to figure out who you are and where you want to fit in the world. It’s making sure you’re living up to high standards set for you be the people before, while still being ‘perfect’ enough for the boys to notice you. I remember being a teenager and stressing not so much about school, but about what my peers would think. Making sure that I had the trendiest clothes and still focus on my looks, but without being an airhead.

Even though a teenager is a relatively new concept, the problems have always been there. It’s that time where puberty hits you and you don’t really know what to do with yourself.  Most adults pass your problems off as ‘stupid problem’.  However, the problems I had when I was a teenager were the worst things to ever happen to me. I didn’t know about the world around me, nor did I care.  My biggest problem was all the changes happening in such a short amount of time to the boy I had a crush on, nothing more. Once I got through them, I loved being a teenager. I was able to experiment with different clothes and meet new people. However, while being a teenager, you are still being judged. I remember being seventeen years old and wanting my nose pierced, but my parents told me no. They said that people were going to judge me unfairly. I finally told them that I didn’t’ care and once I turn eighteen years old; I’m going do this. They finally caved in and brought me to get it done.

I’m now twenty-one years old and I look back on my teenage years and I truly miss it. It seems like such a simpler time for me, even with the drama. With everything I’ve been through as well as everyone else, I think teenagers rely heavily on their friends. I couldn’t imagine going through some of the things I went through without my friends.


  1. Sarah- I really liked how you were able to make connections with Raby based on your own personal experiences as a teen. Next time try to work more with the text itself. Use quotes to describe the different arguments the author makes and how that has an effect on the way society creates and perpetuates discourses about teenagers.

  2. I can relate because I tried to look "perfect" as a teen because I wanted boys to notice me.