Are 17 year olds young adults, or children?Watch
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Legally I can also drive a car, consent to sex (therefore also have my OWN child), play the lottery, join the army, and even apply for a pilots license (lol) I’m also applying to university in a few weeks time.
I wouldn’t put me on the same level as a 5, 7 or 10 year old. I certainly wouldn’t want to be treated like a child.
When I finished my GCSEs I hated school. I was behaving awfully. I walked out and said awful things to the staff there. I was going through some awful stuff and I felt worthless, useless and hated everything.
Started college and suddenly I enjoyed everything. I love learning, I love the staff and the subjects. I look back now and it’s all because at ‘school’ I was 16 and being treated like an 11 year old or younger. College treats me like a young adult, as I deserve to be, and therefore I don’t feel belittled. I am there of my own accord and I won’t be punished for not doing it, I will simply be letting myself down. Not being told what and how to do something has made me want to do something as it has allowed me to make my own choices and feel the rewards for my efforts - rather than get a good old clap for something I was spoon fed that I didn’t even want to do.
February I went to Rome on an educational trip *COUGH holiday COUGH* (pre-lockdown) and we were given 11pm curfew for the week we were there. We all went out drinking (drinking age is 16 there) and were given free reign of the city (within reason) My friends and I rode the metro and went and did anything we wanted and we had the most amazing time ever. It gave me the confidence to do things for myself like order food at a bar and take public transport. Don’t get me wrong, our teacher wasn’t an advocate for random roman raving, he and anyone knows that these experiences must be had as part of the rites of growing up. Being trusted to roam Rome, a capital city (and lets face it, not the safest haven on earth) made me feel so proud to be me and determined NOT to break the trust. Being given it was a risk, always, but every single one of us proved that we deserved it.
Being treated like a child had clipped my wings for too long and it was beginning to look pathetic. It simply isn’t viable to call someone a child and treat them like such until the day they turn 18. It does more damage than good. Being given the chance to do ‘adult stuff’, and be able to relate to adults (I know my teachers on first name basis) as real life people just like me and not some superior force, had such a positive impact on me.