I had too many funny stories to stop talking about inappropriate subjects and I was way too much of a gangsta to stop rapping.
I wasted hours, weeks, and months trying to figure out which character traits I could afford to abandon.
No one wants to be known as the 'dramatic couple that has epic battles by the soda machines every Tuesday.' It is really hard to keep up your grades and the respect of your classmates and teachers when you bring your relationship problems to class with you. Until you are 18 and move out of your house, your parents have final say in what you do and don't do. It is so easy to become so engulfed in a significant other that friends just don't seem as fulfilling anymore.
This will also scare away any other potential partners for the future. If you keep agendas hidden from them or refuse to let them meet the person you're dating, it will be a lot more difficult for you in the long run to have a good relationship on either end. However, friends keep you sane when your partner is driving you crazy. While you can't avoid your friends, you can't include them in every aspect of your relationship.
My encounters with the boys I liked defined the courses of my days and dictated my attitude for a long time.
I thought that a romantic relationship was the answer to all my problems; that there was a simple cure to the sadness, anger, frustration, and stress — all symptoms of typical teenage hormones. I tried to change my interests, my image, and my character to appear more attractive and desirable to each new guy.
Fresh U is an online publication for freshmen, by college freshmen, which focuses on everyday issues that first year students face. Much to my surprise, this “sea” was just a slightly enlarged, but just as homogeneous fish bowl with little room to grow and discover.