There are two kinds of juniors in high school: those who drive, and those who do not.
That’s not to say that one is better than another, or one can’t associate with the other; that’s not the case. What is the case is that these two kinds of people tend to have different personality traits. Driving brings a sense of independence and responsibility that many who can drive have that most who can’t, do not.
For me, this has been a huge shift. I noticed the responsibility of decision-making that comes with driving. Up until this point, for me, I’ve always had more time or resources when it comes to big decisions. With driving, this is not the case: we must make split-second decisions that could potentially impact your life and the lives of those around you.
Driving comes with some great benefits: independence and the (somewhat) freedom to do what you want, when you want. You are no longer completely tied to who is able or willing to take you somewhere. That feeling is pretty amazing.
I’m very happy that I got my license when I did, I think that this is the right point in my life to take that step into adulthood, and I encourage my peers who don’t have the desire to drive yet to at least get a learners’ permit, so that you can take that step when you end up wanting to!