Bohdan tells us about his teenage years and how it affected his life during the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Teen Spirit: Bohdan

I'm Bohdan, and I'm 17 years old. Let me share my life experiences and how the Ukrainian War impacted the best time of my life.

By Liubov Lavreniuk

Updated 06:32 pm EDT, September 4, 2023

Published 06:30 pm EDT, August 24, 2022

Photo Credits: Bohdan

Hi Everyone!

My name is Bohdan, I am 17 years old, I live in the city of Brovary, in the Kyiv region. I graduated from school this year and am going to enter one of Kyiv’s universities. I will probably start with my funny stories from school related to my classmates and best friends: I consider this the best time in my life. Unfortunately, I realized it only at the end of school. Whatever we did at school was the best that could happen. Once, we accidentally broke a window while playing board games in class, sometimes skipped classes for which we were paid back by the teachers, and played snowballs which then led to a visit to the school nurse. We did anything to make every day at school special and something not to forget. I am very grateful to all my classmates for this wonderful time.

Like Everyone Else, I Also Have Problems

Parents are probably the most common. I sometimes have arguments with them because I’m growing up and have different views on life or want to be more independent, but they want me to stay with them a little longer. The greatest problem I have now is entering a university. I don’t know how it will work out, what life will be like after the war, and whether it will be. Because of the war, I am not sure I will be able to realize my purpose in life. This is my most significant concern at the moment.

Bohdan tells us about his teenage years and how it affected his life during the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Photo Credits: Bohdan

Now When the War is on, I don't Want to Dream Much

I dream about something, I want to make it happen soon. And now it’s not possible, but I can afford that sometimes. For example, during spring, I used to dream of finding a job in the summer to work as a barber, and now it has finally come true. I dream that the war will eventually end, and I will see all my friends, go to Europe with the money I earned, and start adjusting to my life.

My life changed a lot during the war. I graduated from school, entered university, and got a job. For me, these are very important moments. I learned a lot of things and started to be more mature, but my parents say it’s too much. During this period, these events have changed me much. My first relationship, which lasted for about a year and a half, also greatly influenced me. It also contributed to the blossoming of my nature and my personality.

I don’t want to think about the future. I want to live now. Of course, you need to plan it, but I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, and I can’t think of anything ahead of time. I can say about the war that it is simply terrible. I do not understand why in the 21st century, it is still not possible to resolve conflicts diplomatically.

My Biggest Expectation is for the War to End Soon

I don’t expect anything else except to enter the university. And I suppose it won’t take too long, and after the end of the war, I will be able to build my future. I am most interested in haircuts; I like them very much. I want to cut hair, make people more beautiful, and see them in a good mood, but I also love law like my father. 

By the way, I am entering law school, following in my father’s footsteps. I have a great interest in history and politics and I read a lot about both and have learned a lot of new things so far. I am also fond of sports, which I instilled in myself three years ago. During this period, I did nothing but table tennis, boxing, and swimming, and simultaneously I went to the gym and worked out.

I believe there will always be misunderstandings between parents and children because times change, and we change with time. Something quite ordinary for them can be unacceptable for my generation. The problems stem from the fact that parents do not talk very much with their children. Parents should be best friends with their children to whom they can tell everything. This seems to be the problem with all disputes.

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