April 30, 2014

Question of the Week: What’s something you’re afraid of, and how would your life be different if you didn’t have this fear?

Dominique Germann, freshman, Modesto Junior College

Dominique Germann, freshman, Modesto Junior College

Birds. If I wasn’t afraid, I wouldn’t be as relieved every time I see chicken nuggets.

Ellen Zheng, freshman, Modesto High School

I am deeply afraid of failure and disappointing others. This makes me consider how others will think of me and it actually leads me to do better. And it also made me become somewhat of a perfectionist. I’m also afraid of the unknown, so I end up thinking and doing a lot of research on random things. Unfortunately, some questions can never be answered.

Rubani Virk, senior, Pitman High School

Like most people my age, I’m afraid of choosing a career that either won’t suit me or one that leaves me scampering for a job. Sometimes, though, it’s important to remind ourselves that what’s meant to be will eventually find its way, and more important than the salary that a career will provide is whether that career matches our passion or not. Would you rather live a life dreading your job every day, or would you rather live a humble life contently pursuing your passion and looking forward to your job? It’s easy, however, to become intimidated by life’s realities and its inevitable financial difficulties. Without this fear, I would definitely be able to more freely discover my interests.

Shelby Sutter, junior, Enochs High School

I have always had a fear of fire, and if I didn’t have this fear I would probably be an arsonist.

Gabriella Germann, sophomore, Central Valley High School

One of my biggest fears is choking. If I didn’t feel like this, it definitely would be easier for me to eat a meal without being on my guard.

This question is answered by members of Teens in the Newsroom,

a journalism program for local high school students.

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