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Teen Trend Report

Report on Teens and Self Worth

Report Background:

Teens and Self Worth ReportEleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  For our February 2015 writing contest and Teen Trend Report, we asked teens from around the world to take a survey about their self worth and write a personal essay that explores how this quotation resonates in their world.

Over 8,100 teenagers reviewed the writing prompt materials and hundreds participated in the survey and essay contest.  Below you will find the statistics, essays, and results of StageofLife.com's teen trend analysis on the topic of Self Worth.

StageofLife.com would like to personally thank Papa John's, Applebee's and IHOP for helping to sponsor this report and writing contest.

Applebee's - Education Sponsor   IHOP - Education Sponsor   Education essay sponsor - Papa John's


Teen Trend Report Overview:
  • Trend Report about TeensVISITS:  Over 8,100 teens and college students visited the StageofLife.com writing contest during the month's writing prompt (Feb. 2015) from across the US (all 50 states) and dozens of international countries.

  • ESSAY THEMES:  Out of all of the topics discussed, several major themes were collectively revealed by teens in their essays about Eleanor Roosevelt's quote regarding self worth and inferiority. 
  • Writing contest for high school students

    STUDENT ESSAYS:
     
    190 teen bloggers submitted a qualifying essay to the writing prompt that asked them to share a story about their self worth as it pertained to Eleanor Roosevelt's quote 
  • ESSAY WINNER:  Place winners, along with Runners Up and finalists were selected. 


PART I Statistics about Teens and Self Worth

Before submitting their StageofLife.com writing contest essay, teens were asked to complete a survey containing some questions about feelings of inferiority.  Here are the teen statistics from the StageofLife.com survey from the hundreds of students who fully completed the poll.  If you want to view the full data report and corresponding graphs, you'll find them on our Survey Results Web Page for Teens and Self Worth Graphs and Data Charts
  • Self Worth Data - Teen Statistics by StageofLife.com95% of teens have felt inferior at some point in their lives.  When asked why they have felt inferior, students selected their top three conditions.  The main reasons students have felt inferior are:
    • Appearance:  59%
    • Ability in some activity:  49%
    • Intelligence:  38%
    • Size:  35%
    • Age:  21%
    • Race:  13%
    • Gender:  13%
    • Family economic status:  12%
    • Religion:  6%
    • Sexual Orientation: 6%
  • 84% of teens have felt superior to another person.
  • 41% of students have purposely tried to make another person feel inferior.  When asked why they think people try to make someone feel inferior, the main reasons cited were:
    • Because of their own low self esteem or insecurities:  50%
    • Because they like to feel powerful:  32%
    • Because of peer pressure, e.g. others also were making this person (or people) feel inferior:  10%
    • Because they dislike the person:  7%
  • 54.5% of students report to normally have "high" self-esteem vs. 45.5% of teens who say they normally have "low" self-esteem.
  • 500+ students then answered the question: "In a simple word or phrase, name a group of people in today's society that are still made to feel inferior on a regular basis by our politicians, our media, our corporations, our religious leaders, or others in power."  To see those responses, download the full survey report via the PDF icon blow or you can view all of the data online on our survey results page here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-LRGNXQSY/
Statistics about Teens and Self WorthTo read the full survey results, click the PDF icon to view or save the free download.

SOURCE:  All statistics above were collected by StageofLife.com as part of its monthly teen trend reports containing statistics and writing contest prompt responses from teens on real world issues.



PART II:  STORY THEMES

After taking the survey, students submitted their writing contest essays to StageofLife.com.  From the qualifying teen essay submissions, several themes emerged:

Themes and Trends from the Self Worth and Inferiority Essays:
Teenagers and Inferiority
  • Shake It Off: Almost all teens agreed that they’ve felt inferior at some point during their lives—in class, in sports, in their homes… And while they may have spent some time feeling badly about themselves, these teens realized that they can control how they react to situations. Don’t let life get you down!
  • Nightmares of Bullies: Of course, moving on from harsh words isn’t always easy, especially when they occur every day. Teens who experienced years of bullying, though, realized that an attitude adjustment and an air of confidence helped keep the bullies away
  • …But How? Some teens struggled, and continue to struggle, with keeping negative thoughts at bay. After suffering a mental illness like depression or daily abuse at home, how can someone stop feeling inferior? These teens are still searching for the answer.
  • Superiority isn’t Better: Some teens thought they might feel better if they regularly felt superior—but too much of a good thing can definitely make things worse. These teens quickly realized that no one is better than anyone else—period.
  • Be Kind to People: In the end, we can all help others feel less inferior by being kinder to others and more confident in ourselves. After all, who doesn’t love feeling good about themselves?




PART III:  Read the Teen Stories about Self Worth and Inferiority

Teen BloggersImmediately below, you'll find links to the StageofLife.com winning essay, our runners-up, semi-finalists, and all qualifying essays from college students and teenagers answering the prompt to share a story about Eleanor Roosevelt's quote.

Please take a few moments to read an essay or two, especially our winner, runners-up, and finalists.

If you have the time, make a comment on the essays you enjoyed the most.  We know the student writers will love hearing your positive input (they'll get an email notifying them if you comment on their writing contest entry).


Writing contest winnerWriting Contest Winner & Finalists

First Place:

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Differences Do Not Define Me by morgan.champion.5 (She is persevering against cerebral palsy)


StageofLife.com student essay writers2nd Place: 

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Just As Capable by fernadaf (She wanted to take a class dominated by boys)


3rd Place:

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Year of 2014 by knicolas (14 was always this teen’s lucky number)

Writing Contest Runners UpRunners Up (in no particular order)



StageofLIfe.com writing contest submissions

Teen writing contest enteries

Read All Qualifying Teen & College Essays for the StageofLife.com Writing Contest
The essays below were all written by Stage of Life teen writers for this monthly student writing contest.  They are listed in no particular order or ranking.

All Teen Essays about Self Worth


Essays about Acceptance

  1. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation by Bugf9630 (We need to accept all people for who they are)
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Always Powerless by gracetang1998 (She remembers struggling to fit in)
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Learning to love yourself, inside and out by gladestar17 (Finding your true personality is terrifying and beautiful)
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Power of My “Yes” by minelli (Not one human is alike)
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: It’s up to us by Pia (It’s important to stay positive)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Under the Stars by plopez16 (She remembers a kind comment from a stranger on a cruise)
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: To Be Less Than by o302145 (We are no better or less than anyone else)
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: A Look at Perception by sarasaxena (Feeling inferior is an unfortunate state of mind)
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me by jellybeanjoe (We can achieve anything with perseverance)
  10. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Self Awareness of Your Positive Qualities by xK4llist4x (Perfection can never be achieved)
  11. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Color is Only an Adjective by zosurani (This teen’s friends stood behind him in a moment of Islamophobia)
  12. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” by rdemarino (Only you can make yourself feel inferior)
  13. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” by lexichavez_ (Her guidance counselor helped her work through tough feelings)
  14. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Everyone fight this war against society by Golden (We’re all different in the melting pot of America)
  15. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferior and Ugly by alexisroot (She felt inferior because she was not developing as fast as other girls)
  16. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Be You by hkim98 (The greatest gift you can give the world is to be you)
  17. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: A Very Judgmental World by GRPhilippe (We should push people to be the best they are)
  18. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I Love Who I Am and No One Can Change That by Renee McManus (Why do people listen to hurtful opinions?)
  19. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I’m my own bully by hong.steven34 (This teen uses his inferiorities to motivate himself)
  20. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Acceptance Starts with You by lilyannxx (Social media has tons of bad opinions)
  21. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority and Acceptance by 066509 (This teen doesn’t believe in living life by quotes)
  22. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Falling Short of Expectations by Juliannev1 (We can choose to feel powerful or powerless)
  23. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Tracks of My Tears by peytonplaces (She was diagnosed with a life altering illness)
  24. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Everyone is the Same by dashwooda (We should be more accepting of peoples’ differences)
  25. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Power to Choose by mdulman (We don’t want to feel inferior, nor too superior)
  26. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Height by kelvinguyen2 (This teen was always ridiculed for his height)
  27. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Me, Myself and I by Noahdery (Changing your outlook on life won’t happen in one night)
  28. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Wonderful World of Crohn’s by Jordi23 (The “bathroom disease” brings you down)
  29. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferior Superiority by UyTran (This teen remembers a boy who was bullied)
  30. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: A Fourth Grade Experience by holden (This teen remembers how badly a new boy was bullied)
  31. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Perpetual Thirst by blossom1997 (This teen wanted to be the best)
  32. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Am I Inferior? by Sugar Otaku (Her boyfriend helped her see that she was more than what she thought)
  33. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by jvilla (Stay true to yourself)

Essays about Confidence

  1. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Used Like a Tissue by Wingding (She wishes she had respected herself more)
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Art of Equality by WriterWoman123 (She stood up to her bully)
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Of Comparisons and Change by america (This teen was inspired to smile more)
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: What do you do? by Terrorartist (Let’s start a revolution of positive change)
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation by hannrus (You can’t find happiness by putting others down)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Why take the unnecessary punishment? by Rubbetoe1217 (We all need to feel confident in ourselves)
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Power of Choice by rileyelizabeth526 (We all have the power of choice and we must use it)
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: It’s my life, it gave me my rights by pencilgeek34 (Only you can tell yourself how to act)
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: How Inferiority Defines “You” by simpleannie_ (Choose to fight in seemingly impossible circumstances)
  10. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: How Will YOU Choose? by jpalumbo (We are all capable of avoiding inferiority)
  11. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Only me, myself, and I by StephRaBa (Focus on yourself, not others)
  12. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Take Your Right Back by lanadelmesa (Don’t let other people take your right to be confident away)
  13. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Overcoming Inferiority with Introspection by PHILosophical (This teen felt inferior because he wanted to better himself)
  14. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Believe, Even If You Have Nothing Left to Believe In by TayMart (Fall in love with yourself)
  15. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by BananaSalvator (Her friend unintentionally made a rude comment)
  16. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Rising Above by cynically17 (We all have problems, so don’t let others bother you)
  17. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: A Choice Within Us All by littleabbilou (She has been a victim of bullying)
  18. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Why feel inferior? by yunimh99 (Self worth is more important than feeling inferior)
  19. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I Want To Feel Equal To Them by lilybeth2016 (She definitely knows what it’s like to feel inferior)
  20. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: You control how people treat you by Aliyah.Potts5 (This teen never felt like she fit in with the Top Dogs)
  21. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: All in Your Head by boeingrules (This teen tries not to let derogatory comments faze him)
  22. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Your Emotions, Your Property by Keia Smith (She doesn’t let negative influences impact her)
  23. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Take a stand against inferiority; we’re worth more by amandalewsader (This teen decided to change her attitude against bullies)
  24. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: You hold the power by [email protected] (Differences make people special, not inferior)
  25. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: World vs Me by Miz Biola (Many people doubted her desire to travel overseas)
  26. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Hidden Powers We Possess by theysaythatloveisforever (We all have to “just keep swimming” through life)
  27. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Office by Ayesha_Islam (She didn’t feel completely confident in her new job)
  28. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation by blackwingbutterflies (This teen learned to fight back)
  29. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Dark Side of Me by kc819 (She is learning to fight the dark shadow of low self-confidence)
  30. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: It’s all about how you feel by shreena (Being confident helps you to avoid feeling inferior)
  31. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority and the Psyche by indigolaures (We are still human, even if we feel like less than)
  32. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Self-Empowerment by 15sky (No one is better than anyone else)
  33. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Power of Confidence by cassidystevens (She felt inferior in an AP class)
  34. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Submission by NatalieWilson (We all need to work hard to get ahead)
  35. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Being Superior to Feeling Inferior by student987 (We all have unique qualities)
  36. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Intellect Trumps Inferiority by 104157 (This teen’s dad wondered why she was letting rude comments bother her)
  37. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The empowerment of your inner being by annavc (Confidence is key)
  38. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority and Self-Orientation by LinZhao (We need to only live up to our standards)
  39. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Immune to Negativity by albertrodrigo3 (Peer pressure can make us feel inferior)
  40. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Lying under the microscope by Sammy15 (Inferiority is like a ball and chain)
  41. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Standing Up for Yourself by l.scamardo (She didn’t feel as comfortable in her private school)
  42. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Consent Denied by prabs (This teen didn’t mesh with a new team player)
  43. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by mjsong97 (She stood up for herself when a man cut her in line)
  44. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Overcoming Inferiority with Confidence by Anthony_1998 (Maybe confidence is all it takes)
  45. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Life’s a Jenga Game by Caitlin Andress (This teen was gullible and too kind, so people took advantage of her)
  46. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Self Esteem is Key by erindickman (This teen didn’t want to play the inferiority game)
  47. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Realize how great you are by isabel.lobb (Do something amazing with your life)
  48. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Making me upset won’t keep me from going on by aimee5sos (This teen didn’t let a girl in her class get her down)
  49. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferior? by BryannaMarie (No one is better than anyone else)
  50. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Turning Inferiority into Superiority by kristinniler (Many people will try to make your dream feel inferior)
  51. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The World Cannot Break Me, It Can Only Make Me by jsylvia (It might be hard, but it’s important to rise above negativity)
  52. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Power of Self Admiration by naynayy921 (Try to view inferiority as an opportunity to improve)
  53. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Power of You by sheridanskolnick (Try not to compare yourself to others)
  54. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: A Different Lens by bethanysocal7 (This teen took a chance and found confidence)
  55. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I control MY life by sam_hodgey (He doesn’t let bullies get him down)
  56. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Two Different Gymnasts by celizabethc (She never thought she would do gymnastics again)
  57. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority by EktaaT (Negative comments made this teen work harder)
  58. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Overcoming the Impossible by Dillonlumpez (Appreciate the values that make you unique)
  59. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will only hurt me if I let them by Tori (She believed a boy when he said nobody liked her)
  60. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The ruthless will not define an individual’s potential by janhaelviray (She was inspired by other dancers to do better)
  61. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I have the right to defend who I am by francesarmada (Everyday this teen makes a conscious effort to be confident)
  62. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Putting Trust in Yourself by eliu (No one took this teen seriously because of her height)
  63. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: It Is All Up To You by annika20 (Confidence can change inferiority)
  64. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Grace and Immodesty by minhkhoatran (Roll with the punches of life)
  65. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Confidence is Key by Chaitra (This teen was tired of being so passive)
  66. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me by g_stinebaugh (You determine your own self esteem)
  67. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Only I Can Determine What I Am by dangood (Another path to success might be clear when one fails)
  68. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Perfect Blow by oxiax.ailaht (This teen reflects on her path in karate)
  69. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Self-Validating the Wrong Way by MaxGrant (This teen is a very competitive writer)
  70. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: We Are Who We Are by leslye390 (Nobody’s perfect, but we’re all amazing)
  71. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I Think, Therefore I Am by emilysk8xx (We’re only inferior if we believe we are)
  72. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Brick by brick I will build by ganielle.g705 (There is no good reason to bully)
  73. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Be the leader not the follower by _asshleyyy (Don’t worry about pleasing other people)
  74. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Personal Superiority by hannahequestrian (She tries to always think positively)
  75. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority by EFranklin (Don’t give people the power to control how you feel)
  76. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by Ppalos (People are insecure about a lot of things)
  77. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Vulnerability Times Three by AntoniaDeB (This teen was always be compared to her two other siblings)
  78. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: My Perspective, My Future by Palijed1 (The quote is crucial to maintaining faith in oneself)
  79. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I Am More Than Just My Flaws by elfs_not_elves (It’s okay to have curves)
  80. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Truth About Superiority by MakennaMillham (Giving or forbidding consent is not always an option)
  81. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Never Giving Up by lizzycatherine (She chose to feel powerful over powerless)

 

Essays about Rejection

  1. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Angst of Rejection by angelica.christine (She hopes her demons don’t follow her everywhere)
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: “F-A-T” by joyce1124 (She felt the sting of mean comments from peers)
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Don’t Limit Yourself to Society’s Standards by OneWordAtATime (This teen remembers being betrayed by a friend)
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Trapped in the Bubble by MarinaDooley (Her peers are perceived as stuck up and rich out of their town)
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Who Cares What They Think? by Erika (She’s been called a “stalker” for being a One Direction fan)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Words as Weapons by sydkepl (There are loads of inferior people out there)
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: She by PerfectlyProfound (This teen tries to keep her head held high)
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: What Defines Who You Are? by mollie_cornwall (This teen knows she is very short)
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: “No one can you make feel inferior without your consent” by seoyeonjang0630 (Her friends turned their backs on her)
  10. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I Am Worth It by ArtIsRisk (It is hard being an overweight, African-American teen at an almost all white school)
  11. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” by jacob.blodgett.56 (This teen has felt both superior and inferior than others)
  12. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I will not let myself pull me down by maddygjames (This teen suffered from an eating disorder)
  13. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Definition of Beauty by Rachel Hannah (Her stepmom often compared her to her other daughter)
  14. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The lens I looked at life through by cloudchan2 (She fashioned herself as a victim)
  15. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: A Battle of Wills by HessRac000 (Inferiority is like a war)
  16. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Only Way To Stop It Is To Counter It by  michellelo5225 (Power can be overwhelming)
  17. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Being in charge of yourself is the absolute best for you! by Miss_Tiwaa (She wanted to be liked by everyone)
  18. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: You Have the Choice of Walking Away by gabimartinez (She watched her mom suffer in a bad relationship)
  19. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Differences Do Not Define Me by morgan.champion.5 (She is persevering against cerebral palsy)
  20. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Being different from everyone by ron0822 (This teen stood up to his bully)
  21. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Never Letting “Perfect” Words Bring Me Down by eliseoregan (This teen tries not to care what others think)
  22. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority Complex by RaichealH (She tried not to let negative feedback get her down)
  23. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Overcome Every Battle by Ashleyconklinwriting (This teen is bullied daily)
  24. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Truly Me by odiep (Inferiority can feel overwhelming)
  25. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Lesser is Not Better by AlyssaAswell (She has often felt inferior to her peers)
  26. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No inferiority complex by Bojun Yang (This teen tends to feel overwhelmed by English)
  27. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized by Teen87 (It’s hard to not let things bother you)
  28. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Youngest Child by 1828048 (This teen hated being compared to siblings)
  29. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Overcoming Others’ Opinions by Kaylee B. (All it takes is one friend to help)
  30. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Words of comfort by joto25 (This teen never felt up to par with peers)
  31. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Making Everyday the Best by Reena167 (She still feels sensitive to criticism)
  32. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Below the Rest by Yogibear149 (Kids are afraid to ask for help)
  33. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by danielfeeeee (This teen suffers from BDD)
  34. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: An Experience of a Lifetime by Kenzie Nixon (Girls picked on her by calling her “anorexic”)
  35. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority by gracenmartin (This teen was teased for her pale skin)
  36. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Weaponization of Words by kimia.hadidi (Her friends made fun of her during a vulnerable time in her life)
  37. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The struggle by sarai villatoro (Her mother keeps her under her thumb)
  38. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: My Immaturity by theshyone (Her parents think she is immature for enjoying kids movies and Legos)
  39. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by rmiranda (This teen tends to feel overwhelmed about small things, even pimples)
  40. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by lsierra (People love to judge others)
  41. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one has the power to bring me down by ritu2000 (This teen was bullied for years)
  42. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Vulnerability at its best by Bobwithane (Inferiority will always be a barrier to trust)
  43. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Why do you have to feel inferior? by Spiritone7 (This teen was repeatedly called names)
  44. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Dancing Through the Storm by hayley_howell (We base our self-worth on how we compare to others)
  45. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Learning the “learning” in Starbucks by graceyang (She remembers a rude encounter in Starbucks)
  46. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Believing that I can be the change that I wish to see by Macster25 (You can make sure scars won’t ever open again)
  47. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Definition of Inferiority by alex.cho.14 (Surround yourself with people who care about you)

 

Essays about Sexism

  1. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: We Are Not Products To Be Priced by justwritin4fun (This teen hopes to shatter gender stereotypes in her class)
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I Have Short Hair by maddiejpage (Rethink beauty and attraction)
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Reflect Self-Respect by rileyb14 (Men look down on women for many things)
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Just As Capable by fernadaf (She wanted to take a class dominated by boys)
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” by Sonali gadiya (Live like a strong girl)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Powerful People by whitneyjohnson123 (In today’s society, women are still thought of as inferior to men)
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Self-Worth by ke7sey (Her color guard coach was unreasonably tough on her)
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: The Year of 2014 by knicolas (14 was always this teen’s lucky number)
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Like a Girl by annie1214 (Being a girl is not a terrible thing)
  10. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: I Play Like a Girl by vmoran7 (Be proud of being a girl)

 

Misc. Essays about Eleanor Roosevelt's Quote

  1. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Ignorance is Bliss by BlackFlame (This teen hates rude people at college)
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: What the Marines Taught Me by tele_eyes (This teen wonders about the power of marketing)
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Walking Amongst the Davids by reinhartamber97 (This teen uses David and Goliath as an example of the quote)
  4. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: A Broken Crown by DevinMareeSmith (Poetry prose about interracial dating)
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Inferiority is Relative to the Observer by kathyt357 (Inferiority is relative)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: How to talk to girls by bharatbp (This teen wrote a guide on talking to girls)
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Burn Down Beauty by maggie.fitzgerald.5 (Poetry prose about accepting herself)
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: Roasting by Jmoran-360 (Roasting is part of this teen’s daily high school life)
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by Kfitzpatrick (People who seek power are “idiots”)
  10. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent by Mrivera (We can’t help but feel inferior sometimes)
  11. Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation by Leslie.Marquez17 (Seek God and you will find happiness)




Video Resources About Teens and Self Worth or Inferiority

As part of the writing contest and teen survey, StageofLife.com provided the following video resources:

  "The Self-Worth Project"



The Self Worth project: The Self-Worth project is an ongoing photo documentation of people embracing their deepest and most vulnerable insecurities.


"Brené Brown:
The power of vulnerability
"


Ted Talk - Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brene Brown’s TedTalk on the power of vulnerability: Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

"Meet Yourself: A User's Guide to Building Self-Esteem: Niko Everett"



Niko Everett’s TedTalk about self esteem: Niko Everett would like to introduce you to someone she thinks you should know-YOU! As the founder of Girls for Change, Niko has helped many young teens transform their communities and themselves by holding up a powerful mirror. In this engaging talk, Niko will demonstrate how anyone- from boys and girls to grown men and women can get a glimpse into their own transformational looking glass too. Inspirational and empowering. Find out more about Niko's work on http://nikoeverett.com


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With over 500,000 teens reached each year, StageofLife.com has grown into the leading teen blogging and writing contest destination.  Because of this, national and international authors donate signed copies of their books to Stage of Life for their monthly writing contest.  The signed copies go to the essay winner.  Check out our Author Partners page for details.


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StageofLife.com hosts educational, national, monthly writing and blogging contests for teens and college students.  In its mission to provide students an authentic community to share their opinions and publish their ideas, StageofLife.com will strive to continue its commitment to giving teens and college students a larger voice. 

We welcome you to explore our writing contests, our mission and the literacy principals on which it Stage of Life was founded.

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Writing Contest Archive - Students

Writing Contests and Teen Trend Reports

StageofLife.com Student Writing Contests

Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by StageofLife.com.  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on TIME.com, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month.  StageofLife.com is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

2016 Writing Contests

Writing Contest for High School Students

2015 Writing Contests


2014 Writing Contests

 2013 Writing Contests





2012 Writing Contests

2011 Writing Contests

 2010 Writing Contests


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