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Eighteen-year-old Jake Ashley’s Camaro.
(Photo courtesy of Jake Ashley)

Eighteen-year-old Jake Ashley’s Camaro. (Photo courtesy of Jake Ashley)

Eighteen-year-old Jake Ashley’s Camaro. (Photo courtesy of Jake Ashley)

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Being a teenager isn’t always a breeze. Parents can put a lot of pressure on their children, and teachers emphasize a strong work ethic from the very first time we step into kindergarten. Many teens feel overwhelmed balancing school and home life, along with any extracurriculars. It is a key part of becoming an adult when teens learn how to manage time and accept responsibility for different aspects of their lives. So, what are some of the responsibilities and expectations that are placed on Brashier students?

“My parents have always encouraged me to work as hard as I can in school to earn good grades and they also expect me to help out around the house. I have done chores since I was little, so I was raised with a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility,” says sophomore Brianna Hammersmith.

There is an ongoing debate about whether parents should fully pay for their child’s car, and students at Brashier collectively agreed that they should help out by paying a portion of the cost. Whether it be gas money, insurance, or monthly installments on a lease, many students know they have an adult responsibility as a young driver.

“In my family, I have to pay for gas because I have a job and need to get to and from there with my own money,” says junior Gage Walker.

It seems that teens are given certain positive privileges based upon prior good choices they have made. For example, students claim that they have to prove themselves worthy of having more and more responsibility as they’ve grown older. However, some parents have a hard time giving their children more responsibility because they don’t want them to grow up too fast.

“It’s hard to convince my parents to let me go out and chill with my friends because they don’t want me to make bad decisions that will negatively affect my life. It’s understandable, but I still want more freedom as I become a young adult,” says senior Daniel Counihan.

Statistics show that American teenagers are more likely to die from a car crash than from anything else. In fact, suicide, diseases, and cancer combined followed car accidents as the leading cause of death of teens in developed countries. This could be a cause for the worry parents feel for their children as they grow older, because they want to keep their once innocent kids alive and safe. Even though some students might not always agree with their parents’ rules for driving, it is important to understand why their rules exist in the first place.

“My parents are wary about me using their car because they don’t want me to get in an accident, and it’s bothersome because it seems like my friends’ parents are more lenient on rules with driving. But I understand that expectations for teenagers are different for every family, so I just have to accept it for how it is,” says junior Katie Kraft.

It is a fact of life that we can’t always get what we want. Most children learn at a young age that our parents can’t buy us everything that we dream of, and by having that self-realization, we grow as people. As children grow into teens, and teens grow into young adults, we accept more responsibility for ourselves and we learn that hard work is a sure way to achieve our goals.

“I grew up around expensive cars and items, but my parents taught me that nothing is going to be handed to me in life. I think it is most important to be a kind person first and to help others that are less fortunate than us. I am very lucky to have a nice car now that I am eighteen. However, I am also responsible for it, too!” says senior Jake Ashley.

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