By Brandi Mitchell
There are a myriad of stereotypes people associate with being 17. Seventeen year-olds work part time jobs, go to high school football games, hang out with their friends and dress up for spirit week. My name is Brandi Mitchell, I am 17 years old, and I embody all of these conventional ideas about being young and in high school. I work at the local Forest ice cream shop, Monkee Joes, and I cheer on the Cavalier football team until I lose my voice every Friday, and there is no question I dress up for spirit week.