Being 17


Seventeen years old is a milestone in a young person’s life. It is a time for new freedoms and the first taste of adulthood. While it can be stressful, it is also a time for positive future planning.


Junior Anthony B. enjoys being 17 and the transformations experienced during this year of life. “Junior year is the life-changing year, ” he said.

“Junior year is the life changing year,” said junior Anthony B. “It is the year that makes or breaks your high school career and determines what college you get into and then what you do with life beyond college.” While this may be true, junior Vanessa E. also believes it is the year of new-found freedom. “I can do a lot of things that I couldn’t do when I was 16. Now, I can drive and go into rated R movies.” Many teens agree these are two of the most important privileges gained when turning 17. Although many of his peers are already 18, 17-year-old senior Kyle M. doesn’t feel a rush to age. “I like the freedom. l like to be able to drive. I like to have a later bedtime. Junior year is very stressful, whereas senior year is a little stressful in the beginning, but now that it’s the second semester, it’s a lot calmer.”

However, as Uncle Ben from Spider-Man says, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and junior Jake C. understands that. “Being 16 is different because when you’re 17, you’re approaching more of an older age and it just hits you that you’re getting older. You realize that you need to take some responsibility, and that teaches you some important life lessons,” he said.


Junior Jake C. continues to have a strong relationship with his parents as he grows older. “Now that I’m 17, I feel that my parents are able to trust me a lot more with certain responsibilities,” he said.

As teens get older, their relationships with their parents change. Turning 17 has helped some teens to ameliorate the stresses. Junior Jake C, said, “Now that I’m 17, I feel like they respect me more. It’s more personable and we get along really well.”

Senior Kyle M. said, “I think my parents can trust me more now that I’m 17, and I think they’ve given me more freedom because I’m more of an adult.”

Almost all 17-year-olds think about the future. Junior Anthony B. said, “I really would like to go to film school because I absolutely love movies and I thoroughly enjoy writing screenplays and imagining new stories.”

Kyle M. said, “I will be attending the University of Wisconsin, then I will get a job, then get married, and hopefully start a family.”

Junior Vanessa E. has ambitious plans. “I want to set foot on every single continent. I have four down, so three more to go.”


9 Comments on this post.
  • Bela Kirpalani
    5 May 2015 at 11:20 am -

    Thank you all for your amazing comments!! I love you all so much!! 🙂

  • Taylor Kang
    4 May 2015 at 7:49 pm -

    Great article (as usual)! The JerEcho is unbelievably lucky to have you!

  • Vanessa Eng
    4 May 2015 at 11:43 am -


  • Amanda Damon
    4 May 2015 at 11:42 am -

    You’re such a great reporter! This is an awesome article and I loved reading it!

  • Nikki Berrin
    4 May 2015 at 11:40 am -

    Great article Bela!!

  • Michelle Gele
    4 May 2015 at 11:39 am -

    Loved this article!

  • Chloe Citron
    4 May 2015 at 11:39 am -

    I think this is such a great representation of what it is like to be 17! Fantastic job!!

  • Mikaela Adwar
    4 May 2015 at 11:37 am -

    Absolutely loved this! I think this will be so interesting to look back on in a few years!

  • Maria Grafas
    1 May 2015 at 11:22 am -

    Very eye-opening article!! Great job, Bela!!


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