Turning 18 during quarantine: stay at home despite wanting adult independence

This lack of independence is frustrating for many teenagers and is one of their least favorite things about quarantine.

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With the new independences that are gained from becoming an adult, many 18 year olds want to leave home. With COVID-19, those is now unavailable.

The freedoms of being a teenager are some that kids look forward to throughout their childhood. As someone gets older, they are allowed to leave the house more and start to drive. When they turn 18, they get many new responsibilities, like how they can vote, are legally an adult, and get the experience of college away from home. However, there is a big problem that has recently arisen. With the outbreak of COVID-19, many of these freedoms are being taken away as students are forced into social isolation, and are needing to live at home with their parents again for months. This lack of independence is frustrating for many teenagers and is one of their least favorite things about quarantine.

With some teenagers turning 16, one of the most anticipated parts of being 16 is getting your license. With DMV offices and road testing being closed, many eager teens cannot get their license. This is frustrating as it is something that kids have been looking forward to for years. A license is something to show off to your friends and it also allows you to have the liberty of going where you want instead of relying on your parents.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, many freedoms are being taken away as students are forced into social isolation, and are needing to live at home with their parents again for months.”

When you turn 18 apart from legally becoming an adult you are also granted the freedom of graduating high school and going to college. Graduating high school has many anticipated events such as senior prom, senior project, and graduation. Seniors will be losing these things, as virtual replacements of these events cannot accurately replace the experience. With these events being canceled or postponed many seniors’ senior experience has been ruined.

The main freedom of turning 18 is going off to college where you first get the experience of living alone. At college, you learn about independence and get to make your own experience without your parents watching over you. Almost all college students have been sent home to their parent’s house, this means that all freedom of college do not apply anymore.
Even though these freedoms don’t apply right now, teenagers hope that they will return soon after quarantine is over. With an unknown date for when quarantine will be over it is frustrating for teenagers to not know when they can return to their normal life.