Archive | November, 2014

This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Michael Isn’t Defined By His Diabetes

Despite seeming healthy to the outside eye, Michael Rosenberg was diagnosed with type-one diabetes at the end of his sophomore year of high school. In this week’s Teen Flaunt essay, the 17-year-old reflects on what this experience has meant to him. And most importantly, he shares how he is more than his chronic disease.

Michael writes, “While I avoid talking about my condition unless someone else brings it up, I am not ashamed of my diabetes in any way. I will proudly tell people about what I have and try to educate them about it if they ask, but I refuse to let that be my defining attribute.”


Addressing Mental Health Issues Without The Stigma

In the back corner of my classroom is a big yellow box. It’s from a health ed resource company, and on the side it says Mental and Emotional Health.

Inside is a curriculum that is meant to teach my students about mental health in 4-6 lessons, and although it probably cost a fortune, I don’t think I’ve touched it in years.

Mental health can’t be taught in a few lessons, and it certainly doesn’t fit into a box.


Dream Jobs for Teens (And How to Get Them!)

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question teens hear all the time, but their answers are unexpected. Today’s dream jobs aren’t doctors and lawyers. They’re explorers, inventors, and game-changers.

In the November/December issue of Choices, we’ve interviewed some of the coolest people we know, with the most epic jobs we could imagine. They gave us their best tips for how they landed their dream job—and how your teens can get there, too.

And as an added bonus for all of our TeenBeing readers, we have one more interview to share! Victoria is a fashion and special effects makeup artist who loves her job, which has taken her around the world, into Panem, and back.


Study Says Sadness Lasts Longer Than Other Emotions

If teens are upset about a fight with a friend or a not performing well at school, chances are it’ll stick with them longer than being surprised or bored. That’s because a new study found that sadness lasts longer than other emotions. Researchers at the Unviersity of Leuven in Belgium discovered this fact after conducting interviews with more than 200 high school students.


WATCH: This Video Will Make You Rethink Concepts Like Body Image & Self Worth

“If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?” In a new video, an organization called JubileeProject asked this question to 50 people of all ages. The contrast between answers from children and adults is eye-opening. UntitledAs they grow up, there are more and more complaints or desires to change actual body parts—huge foreheads or round faces. Meanwhile, the younger kids answer with magical things like having wings or a mermaid tail.