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Straight talk from area teenagers

Thursday, February 1, 2001

Students reflect on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing them for the future.

Teenagers in American schools face many challenges today, but in many cases, seem to possess wisdom beyond their years. This generation struggles with issues beyond school every day, often in realms that past generations haven't had to deal with. The Pilot-Tribune asked a number of area high school students bout what they see as the biggest hurdles to their generation's future success.

Making Everything Fit

One of the biggest challenges the teens mention over and over was scheduling. Scheduling the classes they want and need gets more complex, and it can be hard to decide where to prioritize limited study time. Part-time jobs and extracurricular activities compete for time in the evenings and weekends, let alone homework, social time, and time at home. Too often, the teens realize, family and homework take "a back burner."

Storm Lake St. Mary's senior Meghan Cavanaugh explains that having to run on less sleep with more to do is her biggest challenge. Between being a busy senior, she job shadows at the Buena Vista Hospital and is a cheerleader. Besides that, she also volunteers for such programs as Meals on Wheels.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/01 Pilot Tribune.

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