"I can't wait to turn 18."Essay Topic: I Can't Wait To Turn 18

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What's the hurry?

I don't think that most people's lives change in appreciable ways when they turn 18.  I'd say that moving out of your parents' home (whether for your own place or for college) is the real changing point in your life.

Sure, you can get drafted, but you won't.  I suppose buying lottery tickets could change your life if you win, but you likely won't.  If you don't smoke or chew, buying tobacco isn't so exciting.  Being tried as an adult?  I hope you won't be.

So I don't see 18 as a big milestone.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As the previous post notes, you become a legal adult in the United States when you turn 18. Along with it comes the responsibilities of adulthood, especially legal issues that you might not have to answer to when younger. You are no longer bound to parental rules (unless you choose to still live under their roof). You can make the decision whether to continue your education or get a job, and you can be tried for crimes as an adult and be sent to an adult prison.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What a fun topic to write about.  I'm sure you can easily fill pages of personal ideas as to why you are eager to turn 18, but among the top reasons are likely going to be that this is the first age in which American society considers you an "adult."

You can purchase tobacco products, lottery tickets, and rubber cement, register to vote, be drafted, and tried in criminal court as an adult.  It really is a moment of a lifetime.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Given that many of my students are at "that age" as well, I can understand your excitement. Just toady my students were talking about this. They were discussing the first thing that they would do (buy lottery tickets, cigarettes-only to get carded, vote). An essay on the subject certainly sounds fun.

One suggestion: be honest about your fears, excitement, and general mindset about turning the big "1-8."

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What are some things that your parents have said that you have to wait for? That might make the paper more personal. Perhaps your parents will allow you to get your own car. Maybe you could stay overnight with friends on a short vacation? Maybe you could move out and share an apartment with a friend? Whatever it is, write about the "smaller" things that are personal to and your anticipation list.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Why don't you focus on something you hope to accomplish as an 18 year old that you cannot accomplish now?  Is it independence you long for?  Is there something you want to do, like vote or smoke?  Or do you just want to be considered an adult?

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many people can't wait to turn 18 for all the reasons listed above.  For some persons, turning 18 means that they are now legally able to join the armed forces, serve their country, and enjoy the various benefits that come with such service.

cyndiephilippe | Student

Why don't you focus on something you hope to accomplish as an 18 year old that you cannot accomplish now?  Is it independence you long for?  Is there something you want to do, like vote or smoke?  Or do you just want to be considered an adult?

be considered an adult,i dont smoke

cyndiephilippe | Student

What a fun topic to write about.  I'm sure you can easily fill pages of personal ideas as to why you are eager to turn 18, but among the top reasons are likely going to be that this is the first age in which American society considers you an "adult."

You can purchase tobacco products, lottery tickets, and rubber cement, register to vote, be drafted, and tried in criminal court as an adult.  It really is a moment of a lifetime.

for real man,all of that.but no,am just curious about the world and being independent