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: Change can be scary, wonderful
Change can be a scary thing. Not knowing where you'll be, what you'll be doing, or what delicious restaurants will be nearby is a very scary thing.
A Word of Advice: It's never too early to work on soft skills
If somebody on the street asks you your best characteristics, you'll probably start telling them about how good you are with kids or how articulate you can be.
On the Go: Rainbow connection to principles that I follow
During the fall, I had an assignment at school to write a Mad-Lib style poem about where I am from. In the section for religious beliefs, I wrote about sleeping in on Sundays and the rainbow principles.
Weekend Reviews: Poetry of 19-year-old sharpens view on life
Almost all high school students I know claims they "don't like poetry." Or at least they wouldn't go out of their way to read it.
Teenhood Today: Some things are better when you do it yourself
I'm a do-it-yourself kind of girl.
A Word of Advice: Don't get mad, get even
Failure and rejection are signs taken in by the modern human consciousness as those of nothing but that â€" failure.
On the Go: In defense of millennials, the janitorial generation
Born at some point within the last two decades of the 20th century, millennials are growing up.
Weekend Reviews: I often find warmth in 'Northern Exposure'
As many of you can probably empathize with, I have been having a lot of mixed emotions toward the rather large snowfall and, more generally, the wintry weather that seems to have settled upon Oneonta in the last few weeks.
Teenhood Today: You don't choose family, but I'd never change it
You can choose your friends. You can get to know people who you click with. You can choose who to talk to and who to spend time with. But it's not that way with family.
A Word of Advice: Make gifts meaningful for all occasions
Christmas and other wintery holidays, though religiously and culturally diverse, all share one common element in most of their American incarnations -- spending money.
On the Go: Humanize war to work toward peace
Amid the terrors of World War I, a beautiful, and little known, thing happened.
Weekend Reviews: Online magazine gives voice to teen girls
I don't know how many of you are familiar with being a teenage girl, but those of you who are know that, (from what I've experienced/heard from every woman I've ever spoken to), it is pretty much the worst time of one's entire existence.
Teenhood Today: Carols, cookies and cacti
I know Christmas is still two weeks away, but I have been eagerly anticipating it for months.
A Word of Advice: Digital speak doesn't translate
In an earlier article, I wrote about the importance of conversation as a lost art, however, after holding a few conversations with some fellow youths, I felt older than I should have.
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: Change can be scary, wonderful