Written by: Naoreen Kabir – Grade 12
What are your favourite and least favourite parts about being a teenager?
“My favourite part of being a teenager would probably be the opportunities I get in terms of time. Even though I’m in the IB program, it’s very liberating to a be a teenager in that sense because you just get a chance to be so involved.
What I think is a con of being a teenager is, you’re not taken seriously enough. I do wish my ideas, regardless of my age, were taken into account more as if I was an adult.”
What was the biggest challenge for you in high school?
“The only thing I can remember as being a challenge would be relating to the IB program around February time, in terms of deadlines. The demands of being a student are the worst. I think most adults forget what it’s like to be a student with the amount of deadlines we have. You have a historical investigation due on Monday, and then the day after you have a bio IA due, and then you have an exam. It just piles up.”
What’s something about you that you wish more people would understand?
“A lot of the times when people meet me, they think that I’m- I don’t wanna use the word but- rude? I don’t wanna use the other word, haha.”
A witch with a capital B?
“Yeah, haha. They assume that without getting to know me and I think it’s just because of how my face looks or something. I remember in grade ten, people didn’t like me because they thought I was really smart, because I just used to answer a lot of questions and apparently blink a lot. A lot of people are intimidated by me. But, I’m just a regular human being. I’d say I’m really sensitive.
The fact that people tell me ‘I was so intimidated by you when I met you’, well, you shouldn’t be? Either they’ll think I’m overqualified or they’ll be like ‘Oh, she’s really good at talking’ and they’ll give me things I couldn’t even do. I remember I was at this conference for computer science. I just knew how to talk really well. I didn’t know anything about coding python, and they were like ‘She’s smart! She can do python!’ But I can’t do python!”