As ridiculous and dramatic the hit MTV series may be, pregnancy is a harsh reality for almost a third of American teenage girls. I was shocked at the statistics: the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the western industrialized world?! I see "those girls" every day in school, yet until this year I wasn't fully aware of the situation.
I'll confess; when I first found out one of the girls in my sophomore orientation group was pregnant, my initial response was, "Crap! I still need to learn all my sophomores' names and now I have a fetus to keep track of!". Then I started thinking, "How does she do it? Starting high school is terrifying enough as it is...how does being a parent at fifteen work into the mix?". Education is the best form of birth control; hopefully with "Wake Up" I can spread as much of it as possible.