Teen View: Reading for Pleasure

by Sarah Lamb, STEPS Advisory Board Member

by Sarah Lamb, STEPS Advisory Board Member

As an avid reader, I was so excited to see that the STEPS Asset of the Month for March is Reading for Pleasure. While choosing to pick up a book out of free will often gets a bad rap, especially amongst high-schoolers, I feel that as a high school student myself that there is often no better way to ward off stress. I, and some of my close friends included, find that the pressures of being a student, especially in today窶冱 world, can lead to a great deal of stress. As opposed to lighting up a joint, we choose to read as a means of escaping reality for a little while.

I think that nearly everyone can think back to a favorite book, whether it is a mystery that kept them on the edge of their seat or a story that was read to them when they were little. Reading can be both comforting and exciting, and I think that as a coalition, it is important that STEPS encourages students to read, as we are doing this month. By getting others to view reading as an enticing and interesting way to not only see other perspectives but also to envision new and exciting places and ideas, we can ensure that young people don窶冲 fall into the trap of utilizing more dangerous and consequential ways of escaping from reality.

Sarah Lamb is a member of the STEPS Advisory Board, Youth Committee, and Youth Council. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, working as a co-captain for the STEPS Relay for Life team, and reading a good book. Sarah also greatly enjoys her role as a Teen Representative on the YMCA Board of Directors.