|•||You are comfortable now with abstract thinking. It's the rest of your life you may not be comfortable with. You truly can't remember not thinking this way. You have sympathy for those poor fourteen-year-old youngsters.|
|•||Your new brain power contributes to your all-consuming interest in questioning your parents, as well as all those brazen enough to assert authority, from a waiter to a traffic officer to a vice principal. This challenging approach to life simply becomes a staple of your life.|
|•||You contemplate college, perhaps for the first time. Then, and almost instantaneously, college pressures weigh you down, coloring every decision. (How will this affect my GPA? What do I need to do to get into a first-rate university? I won't get into medical school if I don't get an A in Biology.)|
|•||You meditate all the time on the deepest meaning of sex. (LOVE!)|
|•||If you're lucky, you possess your own wheels. If you are even "luckier," you don't have to sweat all the time about car repairs and insurance. Your car gives shape and direction to your whole social existence.|
|•||You know you will never be mistaken for a little kid anymore-not even by your suddenly sentimentalizing parents. Every time your parent asks you, Remember the time when. . . . , you wince and stare down into your cereal bowl and hope the story will be a short one.|
|•||Your relationships intensify, and friends become more dependable. You, too, become a more dependable friend.|
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Publication information: Book title: Field Guide to the American Teenager:A Parent's Companion. Contributors: Joseph Di Prisco - Author, Michael Riera - Author. Publisher: Perseus Publishing. Place of publication: Cambridge, MA. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 291.
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