When I Grow Up This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By Sara D., Wyckoff, NJ
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In kindergarten, my class was asked, “What do you want to be when...
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“What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?”
We are usually asked this question very early in life: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s one of the biggest questions asked of children, from toddlers to teenagers. It’s always asked to help encourage kids...
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“I want to be a pilot when I grow up… because it’s a fun job and easy to do. That’s why there are so many pilots flying today. Pilots don’t need much school, they must learn numbers so they can read instruments. Pilots should be brave so that they won’t be scared if it’s foggy...
When I Grow Up
(Names of the authors have been changed to protect identities)
Jesse B. Age 9
Winner (tie) of 3rd Place Prize for ages 7-10.
Every person is born with a special talent and I think when you grow up people have a chance to
use their special talent. Lots of people are born with different...
I keep building walls up but you tear 'em down
I'm fighting I don't wanna like it but you know I like it
But you know I like it like it like it
Used to always think I was bullet proof
But you got an AK and your blowing through
Explosive, you don't even know it, I want you to know it
Throughout my entire school life, I have had to answer one question over and over: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As usual, my answer is always “I don’t know yet, I’m still thinking about it.” I know I have to answer this question in the near future, it is inevitable. I find it funny how this one...
‘nurture’ of how and what we grow up to be. In order to find out, I guess we would have to have some type of clinical, or study, to be able to figure it out. But wait if it all depends on “genes” does it mean that it doesn’t depend on ‘nurture’ or ‘nature’ but merely on our parents “genes”?
I, for one, do...
did not grow and might have been nearly a midget. But in his senior year, doctors gave him shots to make him grow.
Spiritual growth is a similar concept but is far more important.
Growth is development or improvement toward a goal called "maturity" (or, in the Bible, "perfection"). When one is "born...
and out in the big city on his own, Holden does not know weather to grow up or be a kid. In the novel The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, a sixteen year old boy named Holden is tossed between two worlds, being a kid or growing up and taking responsibility like an adult. By analyzing the novel, The...
When was the last time you asked yourself “What do I want to be when I grow up?” If you really think about it, this is a loaded question that has the potential to be a simple tool in helping us focus on our goals in life, and guide the choices we make. However, I find the typical response...
being able to choose who you are and what you do with your life is very difficult. In the story Two Kinds, a little girl named Ni Kan has to go through a tough childhood with a very controlling mother. Her mother demands her to be nothing but famous when she grows up. Ni Kan at first loved the thought...
What is my path?
What do I want to be when I grow up? Quite honestly, from my observations and experiences you won’t really know until the time comes. We all experienced those days where we would dream to have a high paying job. Saying “ I want to be a doctor”, “I want to be a fire fighter”. However...
Remember back in Elementary school, when you’re asked that one question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It seems that you always hear very similar responses; “I want to be a policeman, firefighter, doctor, lawyer…” etc. Now, think about how many...
life as we grow older. At youth, most of us are happy because we don’t know anything and there isn’t much to worry about. As we grow up, everything around us had changed, so does us. The way we think, the things we want, and the life we are chasing after for has caused our desire to grow and point-of-view...
“Stop thinking about what everyone wants .stop thinking about what I want .stop thinking about what your parents want. What do you want?” – The notebook
Growing up I have acquired many things. I have been told what’s the right things to major in and what the kind of music I should like, I’ve been...
everyone in the world has dreams of what they want to be when they grow up, I am no different. I am going to share my story and my plan of setting in motion my dream of what I want to be when I grow up.
Since I could remember I always wanted to be a teacher. As a child I would organize my pretend classroom...
Ever since I was small, people always ask me "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I used crayons to illustrate my dream career. My drawing was hung in the hallways for my parents to see. I remember the typical careers of my kindergarden class- ballerinas, firefighters, singers, and astronauts....
The racial issues can vary from community to community; In Pike County Ohio, where I live, there are very few issues, because we have very few minorities that live here. Less than 1% of our population is a minority. As a predominantly...
life: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one of the most popular questions asked by your parents or relatives. Parents usually ask this question to their children to encourage their kids about their future. It seems like an easy question, but its not. Not many children know what they want to...
Why I Want To Work In Student Affairs
Almost everyone in the world has dreams of what they want to be when they grow up, I am no different. I am going to share briefly about my story and my plan of setting in motion my dream of what I want to be when I grow up.
Since I could remember I always wanted...
(feat. Busta Rhymes)
We ain't ever gonna grow up
We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud
No we'll never grow up
And if we had our way
We would do this everyday
I got a flow that'll make you drop
I got a flow that'll make you pop
I got a flow that'll make your mother...
Jarred Andrulonis 11/12/08 Narrative #2 Not the Average Life A question that I have been asked ever since I can remember was, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question people ask you before you can even tie your own shoe, but yet they’d like to know and think your answer at the time...
In kindergarten, my class was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I drew a picture of an army and that was what I wanted to be. To this day my parents won’t let me forget that out of everything I could have aspired to be, I wished to be an army.
I remember looking down the line and seeing...
three-day journey to a psychiatrist. Throughout the novel, Holden demonstrates his immaturity, emotional wreckage, disappointments and his fear from growing up into adulthood.
Throughout the novel, Holden reveals his emotional wreckage in many ways. Holden is only a 16-year-old boy at this time but how does...
When your little you say things that you like or like to be when you grow up. Kids have dreams, there dreams are to become a Doctor, Police Man, a teacher etc. When your little you imagine a lot of things and say a lot of thing like “when I grow up I want to be just like my dad” or “when I grow...
member going through hard times with them, but when Holden gets kicked out of his school, more of lack of trying than intelligence, he travels to New York City and has to face the world on his own. After the death of his little brother, Allie, Holden had to grow up quickly. He has too understand the feelings...
day of July. I was at home and I was looking on the window when I
said: ”I want to do something! I was alone because my parents and my brother were at some friends. I didn’t want
to go because I considered that was a boring visit. But I realized that...
What you focus on grows.
Almost everyone remembers playing with a magnifying glass when they were a kid.
It’s fun. You hold it at varying distances from what you are looking at and see how things get larger. Most kids then take it outside and try out what they have heard about...
When I Grow Up: I’ll be Working on the Railroad
What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question we are asked throughout our childhood. When we are children, our dreams are to be heroes like firefighters, astronauts, or knights. When we are a little...
ethics that you see in the world and what a ethics statement means to me as a student at the University of Phoenix. How different forms of ethics that was cover in the reading effect my life and me as a person can grow because of the ethics that are covered. What is ethics is one thing that effect use...