Wild, reckless and irresponsible are just a few of the words that stereotype teenagers.
I, Christine Baker, have reason to believe otherwise. Because, being 17 years old I personally know what life is like for a young adult here in McKinney. I am hoping to bring a younger voice to the staff of TownSquareBuzz and speak up for my generation.
There are many perks of growing up in a city that is known as one of the top 5 places to live in the United States for teenagers. For example, being able to choose from two movie theatres, numerous restaurants, or three shopping centers to spend the day.
However, my generation does meet some intense obstacles along the way, such as finding a job, balancing AP and pre-AP classes with extra curricular activities, learning to drive and even starting high school off on the right foot.
I understand what it’s like to feel overwhelmed with attempting to balance school work, extracurricular activities, work and — for seniors — preparation for college.
A little about me: I attend McKinney High School where I will start my senior year in the fall as a varsity cheerleader, an editor of The Lion yearbook, and a founder of the new Interact club, which was influenced by my attendance at Camp Ryla which is a phenomenal leadership camp sponsored by the Rotary Club. I also have a job at Paciugo in downtown McKinney where I work 10-15 hours a week, and I will be taking AP, pre-AP, and dual credit courses at Collin College.
Needless to say that I have my hands fairly full during the school year, in between deadlines, practices, football games, work, homework, service projects and class.
I barely have time to sleep and eat!
I am really hoping to bring a new perspective to the staff and speak up for my generation.
— McKinney High senior Christine Baker is Teen Talk columnist for TSB.