What Is on the Minds of America's Youth Today? Essay

1579 Words May 30th, 2006 7 Pages
"What is on the minds of America's youth today?" was the prompt for an essay contest. The top of the page hosted two images; one of the youth of 1968 protesting racism, and one of teenagers on Spring Break in 2004. The magazine claimed that 30 years ago, young people were so focused on sit-ins, protests, and what was happening in the world around them and today, teens are content solely with "watching their MTV, and following the love lives of Brad, Jen, Jessica, and Paris." I was intrigued by the article. I let the prompt linger in my mind.
I felt what Vanity Fair was offering me seemed biased; they did not acknowledge the fact that life in the 60's and 70's wasn't just about voicing your opinions. For example, Vanity Fair didn't show
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Some days, I'm outraged at what is happening in my community, or the United States, or the world. Some days, I'm irritated with my friend for buying the same shirt as me. Some days, my mind feels so cluttered that I can't even spell my own name. To say the least, I have a lot on my mind and pretending that I direct all my attention to one issue would be a lie. Most of the time, what is on my mind is what is put there by adults.
It seems as though adults' forget all that teenagers have to go through these days. Everything is about college and work and our future. Which classes you take, which extracurricular activities you participate in, and how you go about spending your free time are all directly related to college and work and our future. So to say that all today's youth cares about is celebrity gossip and electronics is in no way true. One generation ago, getting into college was nothing near the task it is today. In the past 5 years, the average public school GPA is 2.97 and the average private school GPA is 3.26. It is unlikely that someone will be accepted to any university with a 2.97 GPA and chances of admittance are only slightly increased with a 3.26. Even a 3.5, which can be viewed as a very high GPA next to these statistics, is below the average high school GPA of students accepted into University of Washington. This is basically saying that if you have any hope of

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