Being a teenager
By SIERRA WARNER
Published in The Manistee News
Onekama High School
Most teenagers my age (16) have part-time
jobs that actually pay. My “income” comes from
babysitting three little girls — ages 12, 8, and 5.
They are definitely a talkative group.
“Hey, she’s looking at me funny,” or the fact that none
of them can keep their hands to themselves. I claim them
as my little sisters; they’re my dad’s girlfriend’s
daughters. So, most of the time, I just pull a “Big
Sister” card on them to make them stop arguing.
EXTRA CURRICULARS: We are down to our
last week of the volleyball season. The whole team — JV
and varsity — is definitely being changed around a lot.
We had a lot of fun last year, we even did a breast
cancer/ leukemia awareness game at Custer (MCE); they
had a family at the school with someone who had leukemia
and they asked us if we would help raise money. Both JV
and varsity had a blast and I know that the Custer girls
did too. I also play basketball, and softball.
SCHOOL DEMANDS: My school does not really
have many demands — turn your home work in on time,
study for tests, no tank tops. Onekama has AWESOME
teachers. Just about all of the teachers will take time
to help you with questions you have or if you need help
on an assignment. Onekama acquired about 40 iPads last
year, so we now make movies with the help of the app
iMovie. As a matter of fact, we were just given an
assignment that we have to film. We have to summarize a
Canterbury Tale in a way that tells the main events of
the story, but we can basically have as much fun as we
want with it.
RELATIONSHIPS: I’ve had a wonderful
boyfriend for a year and a month now. A lot of kids in
my class are in relationships. The one thing I
absolutely love about my boyfriend is that he is my best
friend, I literally tell him everything. If I could give
anyone my age or older relationship advice — granted I’m
only a teenager myself — I would say that the best thing
to do is fall in love with your best friend. Fall in
love with the one person you couldn’t live without, the
one person you can’t stay mad at for more than an hour,
the one you always talk to, or the one who knows you
better than you know yourself, at times.
PEER PRESSURE: As a junior in a decent
sized high school, I really don’t feel peer pressure.
I’m sure there is tons of it, but I would like to say
I’m above that. I really don’t care what people think
about me, and I think that’s the main reason so many
kids feel bad about themselves. Kids always compare
themselves to others, whether it be the most “popular”
kids, people they see in magazines who look like they
haven’t eating a good meal in months, or even their best
There is no reason to try and change
yourself. If people don’t like you, it’s their loss.
Everyone was made in their own way, has their own
thoughts, and their own styles. If everyone was the
same, imagine how boring that would be. You are you, and
no one should ever make you change. Friends are the
reason I look forward to school in the mornings.
I also love my horses. I would ride and
train all day, if I could. I also want to make other
kids happy. I would love to do an equine therapy school
for kids with disabilities or kids who just need a
little extra fun in their lives. Horses know how you
feel, they can just feel it. If you get a really good
horse, they will actually know when and how to cheer you
up. My horse will turn her neck around me and hug me
when she can tell I’m not feeling too good. Then you get
the goofy ones that always have their tongues out of
their mouths, or are always doing something that makes
you laugh. Those horses are the best.