TURNING SOMEONE INTO A ZER ASSIGNMENTFeeling like a zero is often something that creeps up on people slowly. At least in my case it did. About a year ago I was a different person, I had different priorities, a different attitude, and my goals in life ran no deeper than what I was doing that weekend. I was the teen who was still a little kid, just placed in a teenage situation. In my opinion it is very true that teens today have a hard time contributing.
At first glance it seems as though there are few opportunities to make a difference to anything or anyone. I never realized that if I wanted to get involved I was going to have to go looking for it. I felt that I wasn’t a help or of use to anyone, and part of this feeling was likely stemming from the fact that my entire life focused around attending classes and my weekend plans. No part-time job, just mooching off parents for money. No extra-curricular activities or clubs, no involvement in anything at all. I felt as though there was nothing I had worthwhile for any clubs or teams. This year I decided it was time to make a change, time to put something out there of my own. Something I, and others could be proud of.
I knew that there had to be something I could contribute to, something I could help with. I took it upon myself to do something positive and learn something, a skill or two which could benefit myself, and for once show responsibility. I got a part time job, saved money, invested and came one step closer to growing up. Going snowboarding with the ski/snowboard team added balance to my life and helped with my interpersonal skills. I joined the yearbook club and contributed as a member of a very talented team or artists, photographers and dedicated students.
However the Icing on the cake was when I took it upon myself to start a new school newspaper. This was by far the most out of character thing I’d ever done. I had to be a leader, take on more responsibility than I’d ever known along with my other commitments. I was terrified, but it’s taught me more than I’d ever imagined. I feel as though I’ve contributed something significant, and have inspired others that even a seeming zero can turn things around, work with what they’ve got, and make things happen. Bibliography: