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
On the Go: We need to rethink holidays' meaning
The end of November smells like comfort. Our bellies are full and our wallets are empty.
Weekend Reviews: 'My So-Called Life' mirrors real teen life
I think that everybody has that one thing, whether itâ€™s a book or a movie or a band or anything else, that they are so deeply infatuated with they simply canâ€™t contain themselves.
Teenhood Today: We can take message of 'The Wizard of Oz' to heart
As I'm writing this, I'm about to get ready for opening night of our school's production of "The Wizard of Oz." By the time you read this, the play will have been over for about two weeks. So it will be ancient history. But for the time being, it's a pretty big part of my life. I am, or was, Dorothy.
A Word of Advice: Used properly, the power of persuasion is strong
Persuasion is often viewed as a dirty thing in our modern-day society, like you’re being unhonorably sly by trying to get someone to do something or think a certain way. However, in the modern, world it’s typically the best and most efficient way of getting what you want. There are do’s and don’ts to persuasion and coercion just like anything; lines you can’t cross and whatnot.
On the Go: Don't be afraid of the 'what ifs'
You've heard all the sayings, from "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game" or "you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take" to "just do it."
Weekend Reviews: Graphic novel a perfect glimpse of 'Little Things'
Most everyone who loves to write also loves to read, and I'm no exception. I can spend days doing nothing but devouring a novel. I'll frequently become infatuated with a book and feel like I physically cannot put it down until I've read it cover to cover. I think that's fairly common for writers: obsessing over books and the written word in general.
Teenhood Today: Seminars have taught me to speak my mind
Like most people, my favorite day of the week is Friday.
A Word of Advice: It's OK to be selfish sometimes
Sometimes we're just all we've got behind us, and that's pretty OK when you think about it.
On the Go: Schools can do more to make our lives easier
Now that Iâ€™m a junior, people expect me to know what I want. Where I want to go, what I want to do, and who I want to be. I have no idea, and on the other hand I have too many ideas.
Weekend Reviews: Aesthetics, plot of '80s film appealing
The first time I saw "Desperately Seeking Susan," I was 11. Sprawled across my best friend's lap in my basement, still giddy from the obligatory sleepover sugar binge, I watched, mesmerized, as this wild and captivating film unfolded before me.
Teenhood Today: I'm working on putting off work
I'm not an expert at many things.
A Word of Advice: Make time for fun, friends
Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean the good times should die. No, not at all. In fact, the death of the good times may actually be the death of your sanity.
On the Go: Respect rights of the introverts
Our culture says introverts are either shy or self-absorbed. Dictionary.com goes as far as to list narcissist as a synonym.
Wanted: Teenage review columnist
Today, I'd like to offer my review of the latest music I bought ... but many of you probably weren't alive when I bought it.
Teenhood Today: 'Spring' cleaning a time for reflection
I recently did my "spring" cleaning, because who actually does it in the spring? Anyway, I was going through all the stuff in my room and mentally labeling it as useless junk, things I want, and items that are necessary to my existence.
A Word of Advice: It's never too early to start investing
In the middle of the summer, after working your job for some time, you may find yourself sitting on what seems to be a mountain of cash. However, without proper money management skills, you could easily level that mountain into a pile of change.
On the Go: Different doesn't equal bad
Everyone has been told that everyone is unique. Barney told us we were special. We believed him.
Growth seen in three years of writing
In order to be as cheesy as possible, I now quote Mr. John Travolta as Danny Zuko in the cult classic "Grease" "It's not the end, it's only the beginning."
Teenhood Today: It's what you do, not what you have
If you had one more year left to live, what would you do with it?
A Word of Advice: Job doesn't mean end of fun in the summer
Summer jobs are great during the summer, you can use them to put away some extra cash for things such a future schooling or a car.
- On the Go: We need to rethink holidays' meaning