Arianna Piper, Staff Writer

With me turning sixteen soon, I’ve been repeatedly asked about what I plan on doing for my birthday. It’s kind of funny to see peoples’ faces when I reply with “Well, I’ll probably sleep all day.” It’s not that my parents don’t want to have to go all-out for a party; it’s that I don’t want to. I’d rather lie in bed with my dog watching cheesy thriller films and getting some well deserved rest rather than go out and be crowded by people. I’ve never really understood the point behind a sweet sixteen party. I don’t get what’s so sweet about it. You’re getting another year older but what makes it different from any other birthday? I’ve been told that turning sixteen is like an introduction to new responsibilities and opportunities, but to me it’s really nothing new. Plus I don’t like being the center of attention; it makes me feel pretty awkward.  I’m not in any way making fun of people who really do like to have a party and celebrate, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting a party, and it’s just not my type of thing. However, I’m all about gifts. Whether its cash or something a person knows for fact I like, I will gladly accept it. At the same time however, I don’t want to be smothered with presents. It’s just fun to watch my parents when they see how good they did on picking something out for me. I don’t really like expensive things; it kind of makes me feel bad. My little brother usually makes me a card and my mom will give him some money to get me something; which is usually food. I don’t think I could appreciate anything more than my kid brother waking me up with a specially made card and a pack of donuts or little candy bracelet. Those are the things I look forward to on my birthday. I don’t want a big party and I don’t want my house crowded with people, I just want to chill out and be myself all day, and I definitely don’t want to dress up. I’m still looking forward to it and I can’t wait to see what my parents are more than likely secretly planning.