The Journey of Growing Older


Amy Patterson and Adri DeJoy

When recently asked to describe the process of growing up, students at Woodland Park High School had some very interesting and complex answers. The students that were interviewed were randomly chosen and asked a series of three questions.

The first being how they felt in general about growing up and becoming more of an adult. Sierra Wilson, a freshman, had the following answer: “I like it, I’m becoming more mature!”

Aspen DeShong, another freshman told us about her thoughts on growing up, saying, “It’s needed, but it’s difficult.”

When asked the same question, MaryGrace Kelley had this to say, “It’s quite the journey!”

Alex Vrtis added some refreshing thoughts. “Everyone is asked to mature, but not all of us do. Hopefully, kids who haven’t matured will before graduation.”

Christine Dennin, on the other hand, exemplefied the teenage pysche. “I’m really excited to grow up!”

“Sometimes, it all seems so fast…Other times, it’s too slow,” added Megan Roughen.

The second question the students were asked was about what they felt it was like growing up in this era. “More responsibility, but also more privileges. But a lot of pressure!”, stated Sierra Wilson.

Aspen DeShong had this to say about growing up now: “It’s troublesome.”

When asked her opinion on growing up now, MaryGrace said, “A lot of opportunities, but a lot of pressure!”

“It’s easy to grow up in today’s age. We get away with laziness,” said Alex, somewhat cynical.

“Things have changed a lot since we were young,” pitched in Christine.

“Everything is so hard. Drugs, alcohol, corruption, peer pressure…It’s scary,” informed Megan.

The last question the students were asked had to do with their future. Sierra told us her plans saying this, “I want to go to college for chemistry, and then become a flavor chemist!”

Aspen told us about how she has plans to work on the railroad later in life: “It’s something that has always interested me, and I’m excited to work on the railroad!”

MaryGrace has a simple answer, saying just one word that described her future, “College!” She giggled after responding, as MaryGrace often does, proving that there’s nothing wrong with being a kid.

“I’d really like to work on cars,” chimed Alex with enthusiasm. “I’m going to go to college for mechanical engineering.”

“I think I want to join the army,” said Christine.

Megan answered the question instantly. “I love art. I’d like to get a scholarship based on my art and become an artist. It sounds like the greatest career.”

Despite struggles associated with aging, teenagers generally have positivity and enthusiasm for the future. This generation has much to bring to the table…and much to clear off.

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