Comparing your accomplishments to those of other people is a sure fire way to end up feeling bad about yourself. You will never have a squad as cool as Taylor Swift, win an Oscar at the young age Jennifer Lawrence did or, well, be Beyonce. However, it’s hard not to think about the fact that Swift is only 26 and Lawrence is only 25, or that Beyonce is, well, Beyonce. Though, at least these superstars are in their twenties and thirties. There are some teens out there that are so successful it will make you question all of your life choices. Why are you not a renowned chef, a successful entrepreneur or a freaking Nobel Peace Prize Winner? What have you been doing with your life if these kids were able to accomplish these things by 16? No, but seriously, someone on this list won a Nobel Peace Prize and she isn’t even 20.
If people only get better with age, who the hell knows what these young teens will accomplish in their twenties and thirties. Some of them are known for athletic achievements, accomplishing astonishing feats with their bodies at a very young age. Others have used their minds to extraordinary measures in order to create inventions or push activism with their words. While not everyone on this list is extremely famous, as successful chefs and scientists aren’t necessarily people of tabloid stories, all of these teens are worth your attention. From physical achievements to intellectual achievements, these teens will make you feel bad about the time you spent watching Total Request Live and passing notes with friends while you were young. You could have been winning a Nobel Peace Prize after all:
10 Lydia Ko (18) - The Golf Superstar
9 Maddie Ziegler (13) - The Dancer
8 Flynn McGarry (16) - The Chef
7 Kylie Jenner (18) - The Reality Star
6 Mo’ne Davis (14) - The Shutout Pitcher
5 Lorde (19) - The Singer
4 Gabby Douglas (19) - The Gold Medalist
3 Kiernan Shipka (16) - The Actress
2 Malala Yousafzai (18) - The Nobel Peace Prize Winner
1 Olivia Hallisey (17) - The Scientist
Remember being 17 and hating your physics class, or chemistry class, or whatever it was that you were taking at the time? Well, Olivia Hallisey is showing you up. The 17-year-old scientist won the 2015 Google Science Fair for inventing a way to test for Ebola, that virus that people were kinda freaking out about in 2014. Hallisey invented a way to test for the virus that is fast and cheap. The results only take 30 minutes to develop and are able to detect the virus in someone potentially before the person is even showing symptoms of Ebola. Olivia Hallisey putting that model of an atom you were once so proud of to shame.
Sources: ProGolfNow.com, NYTimes.com, BusinessInsider.com, RollingStone.com
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