A Day In the Life of a Type-A Teenager

It isn’t surprising that most teens are notoriously busy: the pressure to get into a good college is enormous.  Harvard College received 37,305 applications for its Class of 2019 for example.  With competition so fierce, it is understandable that young adults in high school will pull out all of the proverbial stops to increase their chances of securing a wonderful future.

Omika Jikaria is no exception and this audio slide-show, part of the New York Times 1-In-8-Million series beautifully captures the intensity of being a Type-A teenager.

At the time this audio slide-show was created, Jikaria was a student at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.  The entire slide-show feels like a day in her life.  We see photos of Jikaria getting ready for school in the morning:

Omika Jikaria, Credit: New York Times
Omika Jikaria, getting ready for school. Credit: New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/#/omika_jikaria

Or this photo, which was perfectly timed to appear just as Jikaria started talking about cheerleading practice:

Jikaria_Cheerleading
Omika Jikaria, Credit: New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/#/omika_jikaria

This picture really reflects the many contradictions in Jikaria’s life.  She is a teen, a beauty queen and a cheerleader who doesn’t watch television.  It was interesting to hear her talk about not watching television as I looked at a photo of her with her back to a tv.  It was an interesting juxtaposition:

Omika Jikaria, Credit: New York Times
Omika Jikaria, studying. Credit: New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/#/omika_jikaria

In fact, many of the pictures seemed to underscore the busyness and relative productivity of her life!

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