Arvonne Patterson, 17, knows that the truth can hurt. “If you listen to people’s opinions, sometimes you can lack self-confidence,” says Patterson, who goes to Madison Park High School. We live in a world where everyone weighs in on everything and people let everybody get to them. Kaylan Williams, 18, from Brighton High School, says that there are millions of opinions out there and that not everyone will have a positive one of you. Sherri Cajuste, 17, from Roslindale, says she used to let people’s views bother her. “Then I realized who I was and that their opinions did not matter,” says Cajuste. “It also made me realize that I had a purpose before anyone else had an opinion.”
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For Rachel Kelleher, 15, from Boston Latin Academy, seeing her little brothers crack up makes her glad.

“Hearing little kids laugh just makes you happy automatically,” says Kelleher. “How can a kid laughing not make you happy -- they are bodies full of joy.”

There are many different things that can give you this fuzzy feeling inside and put a sweet smile on your face. Celeste Gonzalez, 15, from BLA, says that hearing about positive things going on around her brings her joy. “It’s something good and positive that is happening in this world or in my life and everyone needs good news in their life,” says Gonzalez. “That is what keeps them going.” Deysi Gutierrez, 15, from Fenway High School, says that living without restrictions makes her feel great. “Having freedom makes me happy,” she says, “being able to go out whenever I want with no worries.”
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Josiah Wade, 15, believes that all models should be presented naturally.

“In this world,” says Wade, who goes to Margarita Muñiz Academy,

“Photoshop is the new ‘it,’ sadly.” While many celebrities have turned to Photoshop to enhance their images, lots of teens are turned-off by the process. “I hate models because they’re fake,” says Lashonda Cottrell, 15, from West Roxbury Academy. “All models should be themselves.” Sixteen-year-old Dnasia Lee understands why  models and their handlers use technology to touch-up their looks. “Models should try to be themselves because nobody is perfect,” says Lee, who goes to English High School. “Everyone has their own issues and flaws in life and there is insecurity and not thinking they’re beautiful the way they are.”
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Joshua Burkum is a bucket hat convert. Burkum didn’t really join the bucket brigade until he saw one of his favorite artists wearing them, Schoolboy Q.

“Bucket hats were ugly to me for a while but then I got used to seeing them around and I kind of got into them,” says Burkum, 18, from Roxbury.
Teens seem to change their fashion choices every other day – even for headgear. One time it’s tight-fit baseball caps and the next it’s baggy bucket hats. Jennifer Goodwin, 17, of Dorchester, says that she is the only one in her group of female friends who is really into bucket hats. “I religiously wear bucket hats,” says Goodwin. “If you see my Instagram, all you will see is me in a bucket hat. I always thought they were kind of chic but I never got the courage to wear it until last year.” Jonathan McCurbin, 19, of Roslindale, has been into bucket hats since he was a young boy. “Bucket hats are my thing,” he says. “My father has a bunch of them for when we go out fishing or sailing.” McCurbin began seeing more and more people get into the bucket hat trend over the past year. “I feel special that I was wearing them before they were in,” he says. “That’s always kind of cool.”
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Angela Lei, a junior at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, is constantly on her phone, from using it on the train to being attached to it at home. It has gotten to the point where she is concerned about her interpersonal skills.

In today’s fast-paced culture, it is not uncommon to look around and see the majority of people looking down at screens. With things like texting and the Internet, it is not hard to understand the desire to be caught up with what is relevant. “I’m using it 24/7,” says Lei. For many teenagers, the convenience of having all of the answers at your fingertips is much too tempting to give up. Not only can you fi  home- work and research with ease, you can shop online, make dinner reservations, and buy movie tickets. After one gets used to the advantageous uses of technology, it is hard to stop. “People don’t know how to socialize anymore,” says Linh Vu, a junior at the O’Bryant. Society is so centered around technology that even the teenagers, who have grown up with it, have noticed the changes in their lifestyles. Holding onto the past will not help anyone, some teens say, but it also important to remember that technology is not everything.
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