In the article “When are you really an adult?” by Patricia Smith and Veronica Majerol is that in America at 18 you are considered adult but there are certain activities that you can be enabled to do. At the age of 18 is when you are able to drive, vote, be on jury, and can volunteer to serve for the military. When you’re 21 you are allowed to drink and gamble in certain states. Not all states have the same laws on the things you can do when being an adult. For example, in Alabama and Nebraska you are considered an adult at the age of 19, in mississippi you are considered an adult at the age of 21, and in other states you are considered an adult when you graduate from high school. To be legally allowed to drive in America is from 16-21. Some argue why driving a car is the first thing you can do since it can be very dangerous when you aren’t careful. Others say that for kids it’s a need to get a car and be able to drive it since we are all now so dependent on having cars. But if you’re a minor and you get into an accident it falls on your parents, if you’re not it falls on you. If you’re under 18 and you commit a crime the courts go easy on you and your records can be erased. On the other hand if you’re 18 or older you can be sent to the adult criminal justice system, you have a sentence to serve and your record cannot be erased. It’s also harder to get a job, buy a house, and you are unable to vote. For being drafted, when you turn 18 and you are a man you have to register and if you don’t you would have to pay a fine, serve time, be denied of student loans and driver license. To vote in elections you would need to be 18 and over the years there are many that want the voting age to lower. Others say that it’s not needed since young voters don’t participate in voting.
I think when you turn 18 you gain this freedom and a push to the adult world. At 18 you go to college, you have a job, and you learn to be independent. In my opinion I think you’re an adult when you’re 18. Even though you aren’t legal to drink you are punished severely when you commit a crime that can affect your life. You no longer are treated like a child anymore and there is no one that is going to hold your hand.
Are you considered an adult when you turn 18?