I hear someone laughing. I can hear them from my bedroom as I sit on my Manchester United duvet covers while they chuckle at the absurdity of this teenager worrying about money. “Problems? Bah, you will know problems when you come to my age son. For now you can stick to worrying about fashion and how to complete the game on your PlayStation.”
Well let me say this kindly: two fingers to you my arrogant old friend. That is age discrimination as well as a simpleton’s response.
Dismissing the capabilities of teenagers is a tool used by the fearful elderly to subdue the inspirational genius of the young.
The vast majority of teenagers are not the moronic, clueless, drug addicts portrayed in the news. Rather, we care about our future and this stereotypical attitude towards us only serves to limit what we can achieve in a time where aspirations must be increased and worked towards. The ever-depressing rhetoric that jobs are difficult to find even after graduating with a degree (after paying £27,000) weighs on our minds like an anchor tying us to port. We need to hear something different; we need to be taken seriously. Only a few days ago a government report indicated that they may not recoup the money loaned to university students as many will not earn over £21,000 in the future. This type of talk makes me want to throw my hands up in despair and exclaim “why do we seem to be the ones who have been served the worst dish?” Does this mean that making us pay £9,000 is not going to be worth it for the government and so useless in the long-and short-run?