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     As a freshman, you hear stories about health class from the upperclassmen on a regular basis. But you never know what to expect.

When it was our turn, we filed in with eager faces and forced smiles. A cheerful young woman stood at the front of the room beaming. With the sound of ringing in our ears, we flowed into our seats. Naturally, she began to talk about the one thing all freshman discuss but, for some reason, clam up around adults when mentioned.

“Sex.” Her voice was strong, yet friendly. “Let’s talk about what you know. Raise your hand if you know the answer to the following statement. For the best sex for him and her, slip on one of these.”

Red blotches of embarrassment rushed over the class. No one spoke; no one dared look around.

Suddenly she uncovered a picture of wedding bands on the board. The picture shocked most of the class but also made sense. It was that moment that I realized what choice I had to make.

Some parents tell their children they’re too young to worry about sex right now, but right now is the perfect time. All week my class had guest speakers lecturing us on abstinence, STDs, and other topics. As I think about my future, I know I do not want to die young because of reckless teen behavior. I have decided to wait until marriage to have a sex life. No excuses.

By following this way of life, I will be bettering myself and my future. Teen pregnancy and STDs are all too common. Why would you want to take that risk? Everyone has a choice, and you should think seriously about sex before you let it just happen. It is your life, your decisions. Do you want them to be mistakes or rewards?


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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RyaJordyn10 said...
Nov. 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm:
This article is great. The way you worded the article gave me that same shocked feeling that the class felt when she asked them that question. I was practically ecstatic to see her pull up the wedding bands picture! Great piece of writing!
 
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SpyceChik said...
Sept. 2, 2010 at 5:02 am:
I loooooove this! I agree with you 100%! Life is made so much simpler if only we just wait for the right time. I agree that it's important to think about this and make a decision about your life so that when you're in a situation where you're being pressured to choose, you already know what  to choose. Keep up the good work! Great  artilce!!
 
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BasketballChick5 said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm:
I like this artical to....Great job..adn i agree i don't want to have sex till i am married ....one of the kids in my class is 15 she has two kids ones almost 1 and the other was just born ber bf is 18 and they did not tell his parents cause it would kill his mom...and her mom kicked he out!!! its so sad and they both live together at her aunts and there barlty making it!!! Now they have to buy there own house!!!
 
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JKash123 said...
Aug. 15, 2008 at 12:50 am:
i really like this article, and how it shows a different side of teenage life and thinking
 
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