The Athlete Life

I have never been good at sports, always preferring academics over any physical activity. In fact, I’d have preferred to be in my least favorite academic class (math, ew) than being in P.E.


Despite this lifelong aversion to all things sporty, I recently joined my school’s swimming team for a few reasons:
1- I’m terribly unfit, I have to admit.
2- Swimming has always been the only sport in somewhat decent at.
3- Though I’m highly unlikely to land one, sports scholarships exist!

Seeing as I dropped P.E. as soon as the opportunity arose, the only time I get exercise is when I’m dashing between classes.

Swimming will help me stay healthy and get fit, and maybe I won’t feel like I’m about to lose a lung after climbing a few flights of stairs.

The team is full of girls my age and we already have something in common. Making friends is a breeze and nothing brings us closer like the feeling of being part of a team, of something where everyone gets to contribute.

As we all know, colleges love extracurricular activities. Being on the swim team gives me another thing to add to my college applications.


I gave my parents the shock of a lifetime when I said I wanted to take up swimming, but I think we’ve all been pleasantly surprised by how well I’m doing.

Joining a sports team in high school came completely out of nowhere for me, but it’s definitely been rewarding, and I know it’ll pay off later on.


I’ve gone to three schools since the first grade and all three required uniforms. That means that I’ve been wearing uniforms for my entire academic career, and I’ve always hated it.

Schools don’t make uniforms a requirement for no reason. To us, it might seem like uniforms are meant to burden us. Sometimes it feels as though uniforms exist solely to drain students of everything that makes them unique, to make them conform to a certain standard, to force them into a mold.

Until recently, that is exactly how I felt. I was dead set against wearing a uniform every day, but then I relooked at the situation.

First of all, having a uniform has saved me so much time in the mornings. I’m generally a very indecisive person. Pair this with my tendency to procrastinate and uniforms become a life saver for me. There’s no need to worry about choosing an outfit every single day because it’s already been decided for me.


Having a uniform makes us feel like we’re part of a team. It fills us with a sense of unity and belonging.

Furthermore, we feel that we represent the school that we attend. Uniforms teach us how to take pride in our appearance and the organizations we’re a part of.

I do agree, though, that uniform regulations should not be as strict as they are. Students deserve some outlet to express themselves and their style. Allowing simple things, like hairstyles or shoes of the student’s choice would likely make students much more open to wearing a uniform.

Uniforms are maybe not a single bad as they seem. They may actually be helpful to our routines.


Handling Success

We see it every day: young people achieving success and not knowing how to handle it.
It’s a particular problem in young celebrities, but it can affect anyone. We’re used to not necessarily getting what we want or having things go our way, and so when life works in our favor we might freak out just a bit.
Faced with power or money after not having it your whole life, it’s easy to lose track of yourself and where you were hoping to go.But nobody ever talks to us about how to handle success, only failure. So how do we prevent it from taking over our lives?


First, it’d be wise to only tell the people who deserve to know. If you don’t immediately think about texting them, they don’t deserve to know directly from you. They can hear the news through mutual friends and the like. This will prevent you from seeming like you’re bragging and make you seem a lot more mature, like past pain doesn’t bother you anymore.

Don’t ever forget where you were before you hit it big. Remember how you got here and what you had to do. This will humble you and make you appreciate your luck a lot more.

If you ever said “when I’m ___, I’ll do ___” then follow through on that. Share your success with the people you love and anyone else who could benefit from it. Don’t be selfish with something that can be taken away from you in a second.

Don’t immediately jump into a lavish lifestyle because you can afford it now. Put some money away for your future or in case something goes wrong. It’s never too early to be prepared.

Ultimately, don’t forget to be proud of yourself! You worked hard, you struggled, you failed, but now you’re where you wanted to be. It’s okay to be happy about it, to be proud of yourself, to want praise. Just don’t let it get to your head too much.

Success is what we all aim for, and I hope we all get what we wish for. And when we do, hopefully we’ll be able to handle it well enough that it doesn’t destroy us and our morals.

Bucket Lists

Do you have a bucket list? I do, and I’m constantly adding stuff onto it. So much that I fear I won’t be able to finish even half, especially considering how unwilling I am to try new things. And so, a solution: A Teen Years Bucket List. A list of things I’d like to accomplish before I turn 20 and am no longer a teenager.1- Say ‘Yes’ When I’d Like to Say ‘No’

I have a bad habit of agreeing to do things I’d rather not do. It’s how I end up printing essays at midnight and staying up later than I want to helping classmates with projects I finished days before. Just once, I’d like to say no.

2- A Roadtrip

I have this one saved for the summer after graduation. My friends and I will pack our bags, pile into a car, and take a road trip across the country. It’ll be sort of like a final hurrah before we all leave to our separate universities, and we’ll make life long memories.


3- Dye My Hair

I used to be pretty protective of my hair, but then I realized that it’s just hair and it’ll grow back if something happens to it. This summer, I shaved the back of my head and cut my long hair down to my shoulders. Next, I want to dye all the hair on my head a crazy color, like blue or purple.

4- Cliff Diving

I really, really want to try this. When I was a kid, I was not scared of big rides and twisty slides. As I got older this bravery sort of disappeared, but I’ve always been excited at the thought of cliff diving. It just looks so fun! I plan to corral a few of my friends into trying this with me, though I’m unsure how many of them actually will.

5- Try a Food Someone Else Picks

I’m a picky eater but my friends and family are always trying to get me to try new things. Sometimes, I’ll consider it, but my picky side always wins. One day, I will let someone order my food and I’ll eat it without complaining.

I realize that this list might be a little unexciting to some, but isn’t that the beauty of bucket lists? Each of us gets to pick the things we’d like to experience in our lives. Teen Years Bucket Lists allow us to create the best memories of our teen years so we have amazing stories to share afterwards.