Preparing for the future.
Balancing it all.
Rock 'n' roll.
OK, maybe not rock 'n' roll.
But teens do have a lot of issues to deal with every day, and there's no way adults can ever know what teens are really going through. Life today is not like it was when today's parents were teenagers.
At least that's what I hear.
It's been a very long time since I've been a teenager, and I have several years before I have to worry about my children's teenage years.
That's why I need you, teens, to tell me -- and The Daily Star readers -- what it's like to be a teen today.
We are looking for a teen to write our Teenhood Today column, focusing on issues that face our youths.
If you are attending a local high school, enjoy writing and would like to write a column every four weeks, I want to hear from you.
You can submit a sample column of 500 to 700 words, along with your name, age, hometown, grade, school and a phone number where we can reach you.
They can be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 432-5707, or by mail, attention to me, to The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820.
If you have any questions, give me a call at 432--1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 259.
If you are chosen to be our columnist, your sample column will run as your first column.
Best yet, if you are chosen to be a writer for us, you'll get paid.
It's not millions, but it'll be enough to put some gas into your tank or to buy you and a couple of friends lunch at a local pizza shop.
So, teens, get writing. I'll need your samples by Friday, Oct. 7.
Denielle Ziemba is associate managing editor of Lifestyle and Community at The Daily Star.
- Teen Talk
Teenhood Today: I long for furniture, hills, rice
Why hello there, upstate New York! I must say, it's a little weird going to a restaurant, to the store, or to the local meetings for individuals loving the color lime green without being asked if I'm the girl from the newspaper.
A Word of Advice: What's new isn't always what's better
We're often told in life that we should try to experience everything we can, broaden our horizons, and even I have written columns about stepping away from the familiar in hopes of growing.
On the Go: Mile markers of life can be painful, but enjoy them
Our insignificance is crippling.
Weekend Reviews: 'Cherry' perfectly captures my feelings
School has finally dwindled to a close, and I can feel myself settling into a state of unperturbed relaxation, everything once again becoming slow and lethargic, the days going by with an air of hazy wistfulness.
Teenhood Today: Don't expect expectations to always be fulfilled
In case some of you haven't noticed, I'm not a huge animal person. Sorry to all of you animal-lovers, but you most likely won't ever see me at any secret meetings you may hold.
A Word of Advice: Make most of summer with friends
I'm a junior in high school; well, an outbound junior.
On the Go: Some words get a bad rap
A connotation is the tone and underlying suggestion attached to a word. A connotation can help or hurt an idea.
Weekend Reviews: I embrace my love of B-List horror films
I don't really believe in the idea of "guilty pleasures." I don't think anyone should be ashamed of the things they enjoy, but rather adore them fully and wholeheartedly.
Teenhood Today: Signs are much better in Denmark
I know that my last column was about Denmark so it would make absolutely no sense to write another one about that trip.
A Word of Advice: Keep moving forward in tough times
Tragedy can strike like lightning, with effects lasting twice as long.
On the Go: Teens' reading choices reflect on concerns of today, future
There is an intense desire for post-apocalyptic teen and young adult books.
Weekend Reviews: Professor Blastoff makes life more fun
As the buds emerge on the spindly branches of the trees in my backyard and the snow melts to reveal a thick layer of moldy leaves, Iâ€™m realizing that it is that time of year again: spring.
Teenhood Today: Experience hyggeligt through traveling
As I'm writing this, I am sitting in Denmark.
A Word of Advice: Don't wait for someone else to act
"To sit home, read one's favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men's doing."
On the Go: Age is only a number, not a way to define us
Our obsession with age dulls as we get older, but it never goes away completely.
Weekend Reviews: 'The Virgin Suicides' shows angst, longing we all have
When I was younger, I remember idolizing teenage girls in every way possible.
Teenhood Today: Confidence in yourself must come from within
I'm not sure most of you know this, but I'm supposed to be writing about teen issues.
A Word of Advice: A case for optimism
Take a moment, young teenager, and scroll down your Facebook page, and keep a tally of how many positive posts you see compared to the number of negative ones.
On the Go: Science classes weren't wasted
Most science classes begin the same way. The teacher explains why his class is fabulous. He mentions labs and the Regents and any notion of joy or discovery vanishes.
Weekend Reviews: Folk meets Greek myth flawlessly in 'Hadestown'
"Hadestown" started as a folk opera created by Anaïs Mitchell that was performed live in Barre, Vt., and later all across New England.
- Teenhood Today: I long for furniture, hills, rice