A Day In The Life Of A Johns Creek, GA Teen

A Day In The Life Of A Johns Creek, GA Teen

Sara's, lake, Starbucks, repeat.

Ugh. That's my alarm. I force open my eyes and stare at my vibrating iPhone, stabbing the screen until my finger hit either the snooze button or the stop button.

I blink at it and see Snapchat notifications, so I slide open my phone and open all of them without really looking at them. I add a filter that says "Johns Creek" (where else would I be? but that doesn't matter) and draw a squiggly "s" on it, sending it to everyone that I have a streak with. I made sure I put an emoji before their name so I don't forget anyone and accidentally lose that streak!

I swing out of bed and stub my toe on my school-issued Surface tablet. I roll my eyes and kick it under my bedside table. Ugh, those things are SO dumb, and they don't even work. WHY did stupid Fulton County have to make us get them? Like, everyone has a Mac anyway. Oh my god, and if my math teacher makes me do one more warmup on OneNote I'm going to scream. I only like fun technology. Plus it's SO HEAVY.

My array of body care products in the bathroom is lined up perfectly; I start my face-washing routine, brush my teeth while my hair straightener is turning on and turn on some Kendrick Lamar - you know, those beats that really make me feel cool - while I apply my makeup. When I start flat-ironing my hair, I see that my argan oil is out, so I order some really quickly via Amazon prime; it's going to be hard to live without it for the two mornings before it gets here, but maybe I'll let my hair go natural for once.

Picking out an outfit is taking too long and I'm running a bit late for my service club meeting this morning, so I throw on a generic t-shirt from some restaurant in a southern small town and my Lululemon leggings. Ugh, no time for breakfast; I guess I'll stop by Starbucks or Sara's on the way. Plus my best friend will probably want a donut, and that'll be a cute Snapchat story. I want everyone to know I love my friends.

My dog is taking too long to pee, but I make sure I give her a treat and kiss her head before I leave. I love my dog. She is my pride and joy, and I show that girl off so much. She is the PRINCESS of the Newtown dog park. It cost half a million to build? That's nothing next to the value of my puppy. Wow. I love her. Maybe I'll get her an ice cream from McDonald's later; I saw that on those news feed things on Snapchat, so it's probably safe for her.

Ugh. Really late. I shoot off a GroupMe text to the club president as I slug down 141. Gotta pick up the best friend. Now I'm amazingly late and she's trying to do her makeup in the backseat. Also, I hate parking in the back parking lot because my Jeep is too big to fit comfortably in the spaces and it takes too long to get out if I park on the lawn, so I cut through the Sara's parking lot.

Oh yeah, donuts. The line's long and Starbucks just re-added PSLs to their menu. I eventually get there and, since I mobile-ordered to accumulate those stars for my gold membership, my drink's ready to go when I arrive. I wave to half my school as I walk out.

The drive-in to Johns Creek is full of parents who just stop in the middle of the path and let their kids out, and even more full of kids who just wander out in front of traffic without looking. I shake my head, amazed and thankful that I got a car for my 16th birthday so this doesn't have to be me anymore. Finally, we park and walk into the school. It's like 8:11, but I get to the meeting anyway just to find out that it's over. "Don't worry," the president tells me. "We'll send everything out on Remind and we'll email you the presentation." Sometimes I wonder why I stress so much about coming.

The day sucks, predictably. School is the WORST and education is totally USELESS. Lunch is the only okay part, but third is tolerable because the teacher is cute. I ditch sixth period with my crush and we drive up to Lake Lanier, getting ice cream at a small shop along the way. His boat is nice; mine is nicer, but I won't tell him that. Since it's Thursday, I can't spend the night at the lake house, which is a shame because he throws lit parties and his parents are clueless.

When I finally get back home, I'm almost late to my weekly Twisted Taco date with my best friend. We get our normal booth inside the cage and giggle over gossip. As per tradition, we both bring a textbook into dinner although we know we won't study; it makes it seem like we're not COMPLETELY wasting time on a weeknight. That's why my mom lets me go do it.

Afterwards, we do go to Starbucks and work a little bit. I don't have a lot of homework, and what I do need to do can be procrastinated, so I snapchat some cute guys for a few hours and try drink suggestions from Pinterest boards. Again, I see some classmates, and we complain about how hard school is for a few minutes before they go home. When Starbucks closes at 11, my bestie and I head out and sit on the hoods of our cars and talk for a while. Around 11:40, I realize I need to leave.

Oh no, the car's out of gas. Lucky for me, there's a really overpriced BP right on the corner! Although it's like fifteen cents more expensive than any other gas station around, it's on my route, and I always go there. It costs a lot to fill my tank, but I swipe my parents' credit card; after all, I have to drive, right? As I continue on my journey home, I blast the Chainsmokers so that everyone knows I'm cool and have a fun music taste but also realizes that I don't listen to that trash rap stuff.

After my nightly route, I crawl into bed, plugging in my iPhone before I do so, and, just before I fall asleep, I think to myself, out of a fog of stress, "Damn, I forgot to set out my outfit for tomorrow AGAIN."

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.


College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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Social Media Can Bridge The Gap Of Communication Between The Two Genders

We have small devices hidden in the back pockets of our jeans that give us access to billions of users across the Internet, and all it takes is one post to spark a revolution.


You spend time at least once a week going through your social feed. You even spend time once a day going through your social feed.

There is a power in the words you speak and post online, and these very words can impact others' lives, negatively or positively. As an example, according to the Huffington Post, women are met with being "…ignored, trivialized, or criticized by men…" online mainly because the rift between the two genders prevents proper communication.

Gender equality can be achieved by online engagement, or posting. In some cases, though, the opposite can be true. I personally love Instagram and will occasionally find myself scrolling through posts recommended by the platform itself simply so I can waste time and complain about that later. A few weeks ago, I happened to be relapsing into my Instagram addiction and found myself particularly drawn to a certain post by Rowan Blanchard, which had a caption reading that "Cis men are violent and dangerous and until numbers prove [her] wrong [she] won't be able to not make statements that can't be read as vague."

Now, MSNBC identifies activism today as "…easier than ever…" thanks to social media, with "…[facilitated] public dialogues and… a platform for awareness…," but the caption of Blanchard's post shown is not activism at its finest. In a brief synopsis, activist Rowan Blanchard, who you may know from the show "Girl Meets World," addresses her distaste for men, going so far as to generalizing them as dangerous. In my opinion, this is one step backward in the fight for equality rather than a step forward.

Men and women alike have our differences that we consistently brush over in angry online comments but never truly sit down and discuss. The presence of a civil conversation between members of opposing sides of the gender argument is astonishing, and I myself have never seen one online. These conversations act like haunting illusions of a future we can only dream of, as if such a situation is purely unattainable otherwise.

We fawn over the thought, calling ourselves servants at the hands of a society where men and women can join each other and claim that there is no reason to feel unequal. The idea is breathtaking, and the friendships between men and women would be endless. Unfortunately, modern-day social media displays misogyny, misandry, animosity and all forms of verbal destruction against both genders that I feel sorry to merely acknowledge.

Before I took a break from being active on social media, I used Instagram to showcase my thoughts on these issues. I found it compelling to have an audience of my close friends and acquaintances listening as I explained and rationalized about online sexism repeatedly.

Occasionally, the topic sparked up friendly conversation about disagreements, and being honest, I felt threatened by how unthreatening the discussion was. It was as if I was asking for a reason to feel angry, to feel offended, but I instead was met with the harsh reality that social media can allow engagement in normal conversation.

The culture that revolves around online discussion is brash and led by emotion rather than by statistics, and while Blanchard may claim that she wants precise statistics before she alters her position against men, many online still fail to recognize the validity of such numbers. Her use of a hasty generalization clearly shows the lack of structure within her argument; I may be solely pointing her out, but her rationale stands as an example of the obstacles we face in the path to gender equality.

MSNBC used Twitter demographics to explain the impact of current events revolving around gender debates on the amount of discussion about sexism, and the results show that social media holds power. It holds hope and determination and serves as a pathway to a society where we may be able to hold hands and know we have no fear of being inferior to one another. Our generation is accustomed to seeing this magnitude of a response online, but when imagining every person who tweeted about this, there is potential change that we can visualize.

We have small devices hidden in the back pockets of our jeans that give us access to billions of users across the Internet, and all it takes is one post online to go viral. Within minutes, we can reach out to hundreds or thousands of people, updating them about our lives. With the ability to contact an enormous number of people, the only question you are left to ask yourself is, "How will you bring about a positive change to social equality?"

Your response to this question is being awaited every moment of your life.

Disclaimer: Please note that this has been a speech previously submitted as an assignment in a class.

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