Eighteen-Year-Old Privileges Match Responsibilities

Posted on February 9, 2012 by


Senior year means turning eighteen for many students at FAHS. The decision of how these new adults will take hold of their new rights and responsibilities in the world enters the center stage. Some may see this birthday as the end of their childhoods and the beginning of real accountability; others may view it simply as a step toward more freedom in their lives.

Turning eighteen certainly has its perks, but in order to get the most out of this significant age, there has to be a level of precaution taken as well. All of the new freedoms and privileges come with a set of their own liabilities.

This milestone into adulthood affects teenagers in quite a few ways. Once a person is eighteen, he or she can legally vote in political elections. Another governmental responsibility for males of this age is registering for the military draft.

Once reaching the age of eighteen, a person can be sent to jail, which means no more scuffles in the parking lot or toilet papering the neighborhood.

Ownership is one big perk of this birthday; an eighteen-year-old can buy and sell real estate and stock, enter into binding contracts, and even sue people.

“I can’t wait to turn eighteen. I’m going to buy a plot of land and build a house out of cardboard,” Conor Donohoe, a senior at FAHS, said of his lofty goals.

Along with those newfound abilities come more driving privileges, such as obtaining a Senior Driver’s License without a strict curfew. Also, in adulthood, marriage is legal without the consent of parents, if that so happens to be at the top of one’s priority list.

Some new purchases eighteen-year-olds can make include lottery tickets, which should be taken seriously as not to gamble college tuition away, as well as tobacco products. Tattoos and piercings are another extremely common trend among eighteen-year-olds once they have the ability to act more for themselves.

“I’m going to wallpaper myself with meaningless tattoos when I turn eighteen,” Kelly Pitts, a senior at FAHS, said.

Although the big “one-eight” serves many as an escape from the boundaries they have grown to know as a child, with all the new freedoms gained, it may be hard not to lose sight of the responsibilities that accompany the age.

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