One Good Thing: Hey Teens, It Gets Better!

Research suggests confidence levels only get higher after adolescence.


media by Andi Mack

A white and pink graphic reads “16 yr OLD, 41 yr YOUNG” to introduce article three of the column, “One Good Thing: Hey Teens, It Gets Better!”

by Andi Mack, Reporter

Everything is always happening everywhere, sometimes good and sometimes bad. It’s up to us to decide what we want to highlight in our world, so why not choose the positive?

Did you know that a person’s level of confidence and self-esteem typically rises during the late teen years and peaks during the middle of their lives? That’s right, life isn’t over just yet! The negative views you might have on yourself right now are only temporary. Your confidence is lowest at age 15, and continues to go up.

“My self-confidence is limited,” Lorena Hollenbeck ‘24 said. “Being in school and other public spaces make me compare myself more and find less to like about myself.” 

So, enjoy your youth and know that the feelings of self-inadequacy are only temporary for now. Celebrate the knowingness of having a whole life ahead of you.