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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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.


Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"


15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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To Love a Broken Vase — An Ode To Valentine's Day

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." --David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974


I remember an anecdote my elementary school teacher told us in the fifth grade. When a mother is pregnant with a child, they feel comfortable in their flesh. Provided with everything they needed to survive, they don't have to worry about anything. It's not until after they are born and the umbilical chord is severed that they realized they were not good enough, and insecurities fester.

I went through a similar process when I was growing up. Contained within my family and books, I felt like I held the world in my hands. It was not until high school where I seriously sought out others for company and wanted to apply myself to the social universe. And I saw myself changing in not only my behaviors, but how I see myself within the world.

With working hard to get good grades, with trying to get my driver's license, and becoming a better person overall, I realized the process involved a lot more effort than I ever had expected. And I found myself unprepared for the slow drudgery of it all. While I once pushed through to get things done, now I find myself giving up on projects while coming up with new ones. I frequently turned to my laptop for solace, as it kept my fantasies alive, but it also stole time away from me.

These behaviors showed in my relationships: I found it hard to meet up with friends, and my parents started worrying about what would my future look like. With the latter, I've had multiple conflicts with them, with me asserting I wanted to be free from everything, including accountability. Of course, that perception was quite unrealistic — to love and be loved, as well as to succeed, there has to a tug to know when you're doing something wrong.


A year ago, I wrote an article about how I saw romantic love from somebody who has never been in a relationship. Many things still apply today — I'm better off working towards my educational and career goals than seeking out love, though with Valentine's Day, it still fascinates me on whether or not I could be loved from somebody else.

From what I've heard from others, they would be charmed by my intelligence and kindness, neither fulfilling the stereotype of a nerd nor the perfect angel. However, the naivete would also put someone off, and potentially puts them in danger. I also see myself as the spontaneous type, but to the point where I forget where my priorities are, again making them worse than they really are. I imagine they would be intrigued by me as a friend or a lover, but end up breaking away after a short amount of time.

I don't imagine finding myself loving other people in the short term; however, I find myself open towards others. And that what makes me more afraid about how people view me--will they not be able to see the positives in myself when the time comes? Will they be just as capable of forgiving me the same way my family does?

At the end, I should take my friend's advice for Valentine's Day — love oneself. And take actions to make sure that I can love myself deeper and further.

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