I made a political cartoon for English class about issues in school
It focuses on how teens are expected to make career defining choices with barely any experience, and also how parents often take so much authority that their child’s decision is not actually their own
If this gets some notes then I’ll make a colored version
thank fucking you. this defines me a few years ago really accurately
a career is not that hard to change. people do it all the time. dont expect to be treated like an adult if you cant make life decisions
Except that’s only <50% of what this cartoon is actually about
If you’ll look to the right you’ll probably see the motherly figure and her dialogue bubble
Perhaps you didn’t notice it before, but I’m fairly sure it’s there, as I do remember drawing that part
As I’ve already pointed out in another iteration of this post:
"I invite you to look again, especially at the person on the right who happens to be the mother in this situation
parents often take so much authority that their child’s decision is not actually their own
Yes, paths can still change a lot after one chooses a college. But it still presents challenges, especially if one decides they want to attend a specific type of school, like vocational school, or if they don’t want to go to college at all. Still, what apparently needs explaining is the second half, which I’ll get to now.
[People] you know in college who don’t know what they want to do have most likely been pressured by their parents into choosing a career, just like the majority of people I know in high school. And, just like these 17 year olds, they’ve probably been pressured to choose a specific job: probably STEM with a high salary. A boy in my english class recounted that his mother, a few days before, had said, “You can either be a doctor or a lawyer, or an engineer if you feel like being lazy.” This happens regardless of the person’s individual aptitudes and interests, and it creates undeserved distress for students whose objectives either are unclear, or don’t match that vision.
That expression you see on the girl in the middle […] is the expression I’ve seen all too often on the faces of students who don’t know what they want to do. That anxiety is what I see in the asks in my inbox from people who struggle with the expectations of their parents and want to share their personal anecdotes. That fear is what I see in my closest friends when they get back from a guidance counselor meeting, or break down in the middle of lunch, or struggle with insomnia, as a result of being confronted with a rapidly approaching future.
There are many things wrong with the transition from high school to young adulthood, and while career mobility is manageable, it’s not ideal. It also doesn’t change the stress created by the expectations of parents and other relatives, to the extent that someone’s decision is not their own.”
Don’t expect to be treated like an adult if you can’t read the entire image or caption