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Teen Talk

September 14, 2013

A Word of Advice: Make time for fun, friends


What does this have to do with school you ask? Well, in school, writing is critical, along with motivation to do other things — such as repetitive, awful, dastardly, cruel, and preposterous math problems. A smile session has equal value to a study session in academics, as rigging yourself robotic will hardwire your thought process and make doing things like critical thought assignments very difficult for your now-boxed-in mind. This is why it’s sometimes good for your mind to focus on odd tasks, such as humor and gossip, to charge your creative thought process while at the same time

keeping yourself from entering a crippling state of boredom or depression. You and you friends’ time together can make stories, build ideals, heighten your sense of humor and wit, or even inspire you to think in entirely new ways. 

People rub off on you, and you bounce off of people. Ideas bouncing off of people makes them sharper and more effective to your potential audience, or even your teacher when writing anything from a story to English, to an experiment in a science class.

Now, of course I’m not telling you to simply drop all studying for buddy time because the guy in the newspaper said so, but all I have to say is, maintaining your sanity and maintaining your average go hand-in-hand. Always make room for the friends, experiences, stories and memories, that will eventually make up the content of all of your future endeavors, academic or otherwise, and if you ever do run into a road bump in the creative process, something like writer’s block, just reach into the back of your mind, those dusty old neurons rustling throughout the dark corners of your mind, who knows, you may end up wiping the dust off of a new-old classic.

Austin Czechowski is a junior 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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