Senior Sayonaras (Series) Advice from those who have been there, done thatDear Students, The past four years of my school career have been very rocky and fun at the same time. The three biggest pieces of advice I can give to you guys are: 1) Know who your true friends are; 2) Procrastinating -- not an option; 3) Have fun during your last years of high school. Knowing who your true friends are was one of the most challenging things I faced during high school. It doesn’t mean that you can’t make new friends or the friends that you are making are not real. Throughout my high school years, I learned that most of the people that I thought were my friends were not because they took advantage of me. I don’t like saying no to people so they used that against me. So, choose your friends carefully. Procrastination can mess you up on so many levels. It can not only affect you academically but also in your real life. If you know that you are a person who procrastinates a lot and then gets upset when you don’t do well in class, you shouldn’t blame anyone but yourself. You should try to change and not wait for the last minute. You should join clubs and go to school dances because you might regret not having any fun in high school. By the way, when I say to have fun, I don’t mean to go out and party every day. When you look back on your high school years, you want to say: “I miss those days. I had so much fun. And I actually did something with my life.”
A WOMAN’S WORTH (Series)
Everywhere you look, a woman’s identity is defined for her, whether it’s through language, media, or entertainment. Teen Voices Rising participants investigate the blatant messaging meant to oppress women.Today’s popular insults include “pansy,” “sissy,” and “fairy.” They’re almost always used to describe someone who appears weak, and they all have feminine connotations. It has been said that comments like these give boys an unhealthy idea of what it means to be masculine and teaches them that what is feminine is inherently bad. These words also have negative effects on girls who hear them and begin to incorporate these ideas into their own lives. Anyone, when in a group labeled as inferior, wants to be the exception -- the opposite of what her “peers” are. To become the exception, a girl can decide to belittle the character of others in attempts to flatter her own. This is what many call “internalized misogyny” and what others (including myself) like to call “girl-hate.” Girl-hate is almost exactly what it sounds like. It is the distrust, dislike, or hatred by girls, directed toward other girls – and it’s caused, in part, by insults like these. It’s pretty easy to develop. A girl hears that the entirety of her gender is shallow, trivial, mean, and “catty,” but knows that she is not. Thinking that there is no reason for so many men and quite a few women to lie about this, she starts to believe that these gender stereotypes are true for everyone, except for her. This is what many people’s fascination with being “not like other girls” comes from. These stereotypes of girls being vain and vapid are not grounded in reality. Think of your best friends, your family members, your classmates, and your senators -- amazing women who defy this stereotype so often and so effortlessly, making it almost moot. So, who wouldn’t want to be like “other girls”?