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5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Teenager

Updated on September 1, 2018
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Brittany Banks is a young woman who likes to help people in difficult situations.


Being a teenager is hard, I get it. You have to deal with wanting for people to notice you and also trying to find the best people to hang out with. People will judge you and you just have to have an open mind and continue to learn how to find yourself. I really wish my teenage years went a lot differently. That's why I am writing this, to give you some advise of what I wish I learned as a teenager. Depending on how you were raised you may know how to do some of these things or maybe not. If not, I highly advise you to do so, because it may make your life a little less harder once you grow older.


Some people think money isn't that important in life, but money goes get you far and you need it to buy anything you need or want. I wish I knew this when I was 16. Some states allow you to work at the age of 16 for a payroll job. Most fast food places will allow you to work at the age of 16. I highly recommend getting a job as soon as possible and saving up as much as you can. If you come from a rich family, you need to think, what is going to happen to you if something happens to them? You inherit all their money and then blow it all on something stupid that you don't need? No, you shouldn't rely on that. Be self sufficient and more respectful and earn your way through life. Doing so, will help you gain respect from others and they may start treating you more like an adult than a child. So, please, get a job and save up as much as you can while you have the free rent. A lot of people ask me how you get a job. You make a resume and you turn it in to the person you want to work for. They may require you to fill out an application as well. After turning it in, you need to call them and show up three times a week. Showing up will show them you need the job and that you are reliable for showing up.



After you get a job, you need to learn how to do your taxes and where to go. Don't pay someone to do your taxes for you. Learn to do them yourself, because then maybe you can help others do them in the future. I wish I knew this when I had my first job at the age of 14. It will help you learn how to become more of an adult as well and also gain more respect from the adults. If they can respect you, then they can trust you. If you act more than an adult then they may treat you like one. It's that simple.

Buy A Car

Instead of relying on other people to get to work, you should get your own vehicle. Make sure you take drivers ed or learn how to drive with a parent. Learning to drive is important to get around. Personally, I used to walk everywhere. I never had access to a vehicle, so I stopped driving after I turned 16. I would walk to work or get rides from a co-worker. Please don't do what I did and stop driving entirely. You don't have to take out a loan to get a vehicle. You can always find a owner who is selling one that they don't own anything on it. If you do end up finding one that is for sale by owner, make sure you bring someone that knows about vehicles already to check it out for you.



Learn how to cook and maybe get a food handlers permit. Some states do require this type of permit to work in the food industry. I wish I was taught how to cook when I was younger, but this is something you should learn and know how to do. You could also take a cooking class or watch videos on how to cook properly. What if you end up having a few kids as an adult? You need to know how to cook for them and not just for yourself as well.

Marriage and Children

I'm not judging no one or telling what to do, but be smart and think before you make a huge decision. If you do end up getting pregnant at a young age, consider taking a parenting class. If you feel you aren't ready for children there is adoption. Maybe a member of the family can help you? Just think about this before you become sexually active. Wear protection and get checked by your doctor every few months or so. Like I said, I'm not telling you what to do. I only advise you to do so. Relationships are hard as well, so think about it before you run away to Vegas to get married.


© 2018 Brittany Banks


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      J Briceno 

      2 years ago from New Jersey

      Great Article! So many things I wish I knew when I was younger.


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