Caroline is a 17-year-old Junior in high school who enjoys being on her school's debate team, rock climbing and playing the guitar. Her favorite subject is Biology and she would like to incorporate it in her future career.
It’s finally starting to look like Spring in most parts of the country. Since the weather is warming up for many teens, that means more trips to the beach, the pool and other outdoor activities for fun in the sun. This means that the issue of tanning is arising and many teens don’t seem to be making the safest choices. Thanks to the Jersey Shore influence, both male and female teenagers feel that having a tan will improve their appearance. However, it’s important for teens to remember that tanning can be a dangerous activity if they’re not careful. The science behind tanning is that the UV rays from the sun damages the DNA of the skin’s epidermal cells, which triggers enzymes to repair the damage. The repair is not always successful and can cause mutations which increase the risk of skin cancer.
Many teens have taken to going to the tanning bed as an alternative method for a quick, easy tan. Tanning salons claim to be a safer alternative because they use UVA rays and limit the amount of exposure. However, UVA is a known carcinogen and many studies have proven that frequent tanning bed usage is linked to the development of cancer. It’s important for parents to educate their teens on this danger and encourage avid sunblock use during their outdoor activities. If cancer doesn’t scare them enough, remind them that overexposure to sunlight also causes premature aging, sagging skin and uneven skin tone.
Many teens are still planning for and eagerly awaiting the prom or talking about the events that unfolded during the prom. Although most teens are excitedly preparing for prom, some teens prefer not to go to prom, for one reason or another, and are planning prom alternatives instead. Announcements for prom alternative parties are usually done onFacebook with a sort of “Anti-Prom” title inviting others who don’t have dates or don’t enjoy school dances to still have fun on prom night. This usually includes activities such as bowling, having a get together at someone’s house, going to the movies or other creative ways to have fun without attending the prom.
Speaking of going to the movies, teens are also getting excited about some good comedy and action movies that are expected to premiere this week including Your Highness and Hanna. Your Highness stars Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride and is set to the background of the Medieval era where the characters awkwardly attempt to intertwine old English with modern English. The film features plenty of action, adventure, a typical quest to save the Princess and plenty of sexual innuendo in between. Teens are also getting excited about the upcoming release of the movie Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan as a teenager girl trained by her father to be an assassin since she was born. Hanna is also filled with action and adventure, but is on a much more serious note than Your Highness. According to the social networks, teens have high expectations for both.
On YouTube, Selena Gomez recently released an acoustic version of her hit song “Who Says” in honor of Radio Disney’s fifteenth birthday. The song’s official video received more than ten million hits on Youtube and has been a very popular re-post among teens in the social network for the past few weeks. The acoustic version was posted just a few days ago and has since received more than 100,000 hits and was featured in Seventeen magazine.
Finally, teens are beginning their Twitter countdowns to the end of the school year and for seniors, to Graduation Day. Exams are still looming heavily, but teens are constantly reminding themselves that finals are the only thing standing in their way of having a fun and relaxing Summer vacation.
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