Always think before you act

Always think before you act

Alana Flinn, JagWire sports editor

What did you do this weekend? If you are hesitant to answer this question, then you are among the many high school students who disregard their unlawful behavior and the impact it will have on their future.

At certain ages, namely the teenage years, it is almost expected of teenagers to spend their weekends out breaking the law in various ways. For the unfortunate few, these choices will lead to arrests and charges such as possession of alcohol and narcotics or trespassing.

While certain charges can be expunged from a person’s record at the magical age of 18, some people will not have the luck of turning 18 before college applications have to be submitted. Will a university really want you if you have to check the little box that says you have been convicted of a crime other than a speeding ticket?

I need more than two hands to count the number of people I know that were arrested over the summer at parties for stupid things like drinking and possession. One of the biggest problems for teenagers is discretion, and if you find it neccessary to get your adrenaline rush through illegal substances, at least have the decency to keep it private and keep yourself out of trouble.

Obviously many teenagers tend to go out and be mischievous. It is not too hard to find a place you can legally have your bonfire, and it is not hard at all to conduct yourself correctly by moral standards in public. Think about the choices you make; colleges certainly will.

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