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Teen Talk

March 30, 2013

A Word of Advice: Make your building blocks positive ones


Now, it can be nice to try to help these friends, but sometimes it’s so much strain on yourself, that honestly it’s like hooking up a tube from you to them and letting them suck the life from you and them not even having the will to use that life you’re giving them. Sometimes, like a bad partner, it’s best for you just to dump them, and let them fall alone rather than have them take you down with them.

I even still feel the bite of my legacy of my “record” from my past. I didn’t try very hard in middle school, so I missed out on a lot of chances, including taking advanced math and science classes, which I would nearly do anything to go back and get into now. I feel like, nowadays, it’s better to have felt like something was boring in the past rather than regret it often. 

I know a lot of people say teen years are to be lived to their fullest, but personally I feel as if I can live a full life without harming myself in the process. It may sound like fun, yes, but like knocking over a long series of dominoes, it may be fun for the moment, but afterwards, you have to pick up all of those dominoes and take quite a chunk of time to put them all the way back up.   

I’m no person to preach about being a goody-gumdrops kid but I definitely have respect for the consequences of my actions, both short-term and long-term. I’ve been marked up enough by my deeds to know that sometimes a good night just isn’t worth a month, year or life being worse off.  We need less time rebuilding, and more time progressing forward.

Austin Czechowski is a sophomore at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” C/O The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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