Generation T: New column by high school students to explore issues impacting Tahoe Teens
Many adults tend to forget their past and the struggles they experienced in their youth. Because of this, many teenagers feel isolated and unable to seek help or guidance from the adults in our lives.
We are here to illuminate the struggles faced by most teens, struggles handed down to us by our superiors, those who define our right and wrong and expect us to fall in line without question.
Real problems are never written about by teens who experience them, and what is written is merely a movie representation of a “perfect” high school with “perfect” problems.
We want to shed a light on some of the problems that are the most prominent in our lives right now as high school seniors. Just a few of the many issues adults may not know about are that we often take ourselves too seriously, feel overloaded and are left unprepared for the real world. At this age, we are encouraged to act like adults, and told to continuously perform in order to be successful.
This pressure can be exemplified in two extremes: anxiety and low self-esteem from always striving for more, or total isolation because the challenge to be a young adult in today’s world is too intimidating. This isolation can come in the form of drug and alcohol use and abuse, depression, lack of motivation or rebellion. Often times, these negative or detrimental behaviors are illuminated by adults about teens, yet they lack the complete story.
The truth is many adults don’t understand the crippling pressure of anxiety or panic attacks. Everyone has some form of anxiety, especially when there are many things to juggle. It seems like high school students have more activities to do than adults when it comes to workloads and extracurricular activities. The expectation to go to college forces teenagers to take on too many things, while maintaining “perfect” grades. These feelings amplify the anxiety that most teenagers have.
When we feel overwhelmed, sometimes it’s easier to completely remove ourselves from the situation. Instead of dealing with the consequences of not being able to complete tasks, students will stay home and try to ignore it, hoping it will magically go away. Procrastination is very common among students, and parents usually write it off as normal behavior, but in reality it’s a fear of failure and is really detrimental to a healthy habits and an academic career.
These extreme emotions and actions are the reason we feel the need to shed light on some of the issues we face. To create a more cohesive relationship with adults, and to relieve some of the pressure teenagers face on a daily basis, we hope our writing can bridge the gap of understanding between teenagers and adults.
Generation T is a monthly column focusing on illuminating real problems faced by teens. Christene and Celeste are high school seniors who share a passion for understanding those around us and strive to help further unite our community with our insight.