I was sitting with one of my best friends today at Starbucks. We were discussing the first week of school and she was sharing her viewpoint on things. I had mentioned to her that I no longer kept up with the social media of our age group because, in my opinion, I believe it all sounds like irrelevant, narcissistic, unnecessary, bullshit. I don’t wish to concern my life or waste my time focusing on that. A few minutes later she turned to me and said that she didn’t want to be left out of social media and seemed concerned that I hadn’t heard or read about the Twitter fight two girls in our grade had the previous night. It was in that moment; in that comment, that I realized how absolutely foolish people my age are. Earlier my friend had also mentioned that she didn’t like one of the girls who participated in the Twitter fight. This set me off on a rant that I would like to share on here.
First of all, I am in highschool. Everyone I surround myself with (for the most part) is in high school. Never should a Twitter fight, or an Instagram picture, or someone talking bad about someone else be so concerning to others. I should not be criticized against because I choose to not care about a Twitter fight. It’s about time people my age grow up. What happens on Twitter is no concern to anyone except who it’s happening to, and quite frankly, to those it concerns, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Why is what two girls are arguing about more relevant than other things. I also am not a fan of one of the girls that participated in this, and when my friend told me about the fight I stopped her and told her I didn’t care. If I don’t like someone, I’m not going to waste my time listening to their problems. It’s not relevant to me. My friend, who also claims not to like her, was overly concerned about what had happened. I don’t understand why any of it is so important. When these kids get to college, if they get to college, they are going to look so foolish and dumb if they go around asking if people had heard what had happened on Twitter. Maybe the majority of people don’t realize how stupid it sounds because the majority of people concern themselves with things like that, or participate in it…but honestly to the rest of us, you could not sound dumber. I wish more people would grow up and mature a bit. We’re not in middle school. We’re not even freshmen. Things like this shouldn’t matter anymore. But yet they do matter to so many.
Another thing that got me today was what one of my other friends did. Now she has made it very clear that she wants to be valedictorian, but she refuses to take any class that would give her less than an A. This results in her taking all regular classes. I’m not saying that this won’t very easily give her the highest grades in our class but, colleges don’t necessarily look at the grades. They look at whether you challenge yourself or not. She refuses to challenge herself if it means she won’t pull an A, and she refuses to believe that a challenging class will benefit her more than an A in an easy class will. This year she decided to take honors math. I took the class the previous year and I can confirm that it is not a class you get an A in. Anyways, she came into newspaper bawling her eyes out. I asked her what happened and she said that she had made a 78 on her math quiz and that her grade was now a 78 in the class. She also explained that she wanted to drop the course because she didn’t have an A. I wanted to slap some sense into her. My generation is so unprepared to fail. I take all honors and ap classes. I haven’t had straight A’s in years. From this experience I have learned so much about being able to recover and try harder. I’ve learned that taking a B in a rigorous ap course is not an awful thing. I’ve come to understand that my B in my ap biology class I took freshmen year will get me further than anyone’s A they got in college prep biology. You have to fail, you have to get less than an A, you have to be challenged in order to be successful. It teaches you and builds your academic level. If you drop every class that somewhat challenges you for an easier one, you will get nowhere in life. In the real world, you can’t just drop your job because you don’t know how to do something. You can’t drop college because you don’t have a good grade in a class. You have to have experience to know how to fix it. You have to have failed previously in your life to learn what to do when you fail again. My generation doesn’t understand it, and unfortunately for my “future valedictorian,” she’s not going to get far with her current academic attitude.