Being a Teenager

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According to the stereotypes, I am one of the most untrustworthy, irresponsible people on this planet. As soon as your age starts ending in –teen, your life suddenly changes and all people do is judge the way you live your life. I find these stereotypes very offensive and for the most part untrue. Most of the teenagers that I know all want to be successful with their life and get a good education. We care about our future more than we get credit for and we care about more than just ourselves. One of my favorite stereotypes to hear is that we are never sober. All of these judgments are upsetting to her because it makes us look like we are all selfish idiots, which is not the case. I understand that there are some teenagers that do follow these stereotypes, but it’s unfair to categorize us all like that.

When I first started my job at T.J.Maxx two years ago, there was not a day that passed that I did not feel judged for being a teenager. All of the older associates always questioned what I was doing and stared at me like a just committed the worst crime possible. They did not even give me a chance to prove to them that I know what I am doing and that I am actually pretty good at it. My manager was the first adult there to notice how well I was doing at my job. I could not have been happier to finally get a chance to prove I take my job very seriously. This year, things have changed so much. I am finally respected for what I do and the raise I got a few months ago proves that. I am not going to sit here and tell you that I do not make stupid decisions and that I am honest one hundred percent of the time, but I don’t think anyone, no matter what age group they are in, could say those things. Yes, there are times in my life that I do lie in order to stay out of trouble but I don’t think anybody could say that they have never told a lie. It is annoying to hear these things about us because if everybody does it, why is it only the teenagers that get called out for...
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