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Narcissism in Teens a Good Thing?
July 19, 2013 - Samantha Downing
I am a member of the Marshall Speech Team and had my first "JumpStart" practices this week. I am going to participate in the category of Original Oratory this year. I had two topics in mind: either the topic sexualization of girls or the topic narcissism in teens being good, not bad. Although I did choose the sexualization of girls because there is more evidence that I can use to back up my point, I do think my thoughts on narcissism are worth sharing. I think that teenagers should be full of themselves. We are constantly told that we "don't know anything" and "have no idea what it is actually like in the real world". I feel like there is a very negative stereotype of the teenagers of my generation. I'm sorry to disappoint, but not all of us are having sex, smoking pot and drinking alcohol in their spare time. I like to read books and watch netflix. Sometimes, I take my sisters to the pool. I know I am not average, but I believe that I am better off thinking that I am capable of anything I put my mind to rather than being down on myself. Also, depression in teens is a real issue. I have had more than one friend attempt suicide. They don't see that there is more to life than being a "dumb teenager". It's like we are EXPECTED to screw up and too many give into that. In middle school, I really didn't try very hard in school. I got A's and B's no problem. When high school started, I decided I was going to put in some effort and get all A's. It was just freshman year, it couldn't be that hard. And I did it. Solid 4.0 GPA. I wasn't involved in very many activities- really just softball and student council, but that gave me a boost of confidence. Sophomore year I got yet more involved and continued on with my goal of all A's. I did get two A-'s in AP classes, but my GPA was still over a 4.0 and I was okay with that. I was tied for first in my class of about 180 students. I became much more involved. I went out for speech and did hundreds of hours of community service. This was the year that I pursued my talents in leadership. Junior year is where I really came into my own. I made new friends that helped me to pursue interests that were genuinely mine. I was a member of the National Honor Society, Vice President of Student Council, Junior Class Treasurer, a member of the Prom Committee, and still a part of speech. I signed up for ridiculous classes, and succeeded. I continued on with being tied for first in class rank and keeping up with community service as well as getting a job at Hy-Vee. These experiences have lead me to believe I can do anything I put my mind to. If I want it, I can do it. Before I even start my senior year, I will have finished two internships. The confidence that I have that many adults think of as narcissism is what has lead to my success up to this point. Many people look at me and think that I am just another stupid teenager, but I know that I'm not. I don't think I'm narcissistic, but I do believe that I have a lot of self-worth and that will help me in the future. Too many teens I know don't try something because they don't think they can do it. Which do you prefer: a generation who thinks they can do anything or a generation who refuses to try because they are expect to fail?
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