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So this is it? The greatest years that I'm ever going to experience? The highlight of my life? Well, that's just great. I hate to even think of how the rest of my life is going to unfold if this is as good as it gets.

I'm 16, and I know what you're all thinking: "It's just the usual teen-age whining."

Every day of my life I worry if I'm going to be successful. I worry because I'm constantly being told that if I mess up now, I could mess up the rest of my life. I have to worry about what colleges think of, not me, but my grade point average. Do you have any idea what kind of pressure that is on an average student?

Yet school isn't all of my trouble. A large part of it is my family. Let's just say I don't exactly have the two parent and 2.5 children kind of household.

High school is this process that we all take in stages. Freshmen come in a little scared, but then sophomores are pretty comfortable. Juniors have college to worry about, and seniors are so excited to be getting out that they tend to go a little crazy. During this time, many changes occur. People gain friends, lose friends, change their style and sometimes find themselves. You have to know where you fit in this puzzle called life.

So give us teens a chance. We're not all that bad, we just have to find our place in the world. It may take a while, so sit tight and just chill. Try to remember the way you felt as the world was coming down on you faster than you wanted it to. To make these years into the best, we need to go through the worst to bring a bittersweet close to our childhood and a glorious beginning to our future.

Laura Monin is a junior at Williamsville South High School.

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