Teenage years are said to be some of the most important years of our lives, however they can also be the most confusing. When we become teenagers we begin to discover ourselves, create our own identity, beliefs and shape into a person we are proud to be.
We are told to enjoy the present, enjoy our teenage years before we enter the 'real world' where we are not confined to school 5 times a week, but confined to a job, making choices in our lives such as what career we should pursue, where to live, relationships and more. I find myself being told to enjoy my teenage years; to go out and explore the world. We are all told to make mistakes and learn from them as it helps us grow as a person.
Although we are tempted by this wise advice, we are thrown into school until the age of 18, where in the final year we are forced to gain a score to enter the university and course of our dreams only to pursue a course where we don't even know if we'll like it! We spent at least 6 hours at school in various classes as well as spending our nights completing homework and studying for those 'important, life deciding' SACs/test that are coming up..
How are we meant to explore the world and ourselves when we’re being put under so much pressure with schooling. I personally, do not understand how these years where I am stuck in my room studying endlessly and working hard to get a 88.00 ATAR score AT LEAST, can be 'the best years of my life'. Surely, being able to explore the world, experience what life has to offer will create 'the best years of my life' instead of being cooped up in my bedroom, and if not my bedroom, at school.
I just do not understand how people how teenagers are meant to juggle enjoying and exploring the world, socialising, getting 8 hours sleep, study, go to school as well as those who are 16-18 years old decide on a future career, when we barely know half the jobs that exist in the world?