I love teenagers. I think of them as being the very rawest version of an adult. They are like adults, except with less inhibitions or reserves, and because they are trying to find their individuality, tend to show the most strong individuality that they will ever show...
Describe yourself when you were a teen.
I, uh... well, if my strongest individuality was being shown as a teen, it meant I was 100% withdrawn from everyone and no one saw anything of me.
So maybe my strongest trait is my introverted nature? lol.
My teen years were very solitary and I didn't know how to get close to people or interact with my peers - with the exception of maybe a couple. With the others I was just 'sweet' and would say 'Hi' and stuff but I didn't really know how to go beyond that, and frankly was scared to as I didn't really trust most of the people my age from observing them and their behaviors towards one another.
Getting good grades was important to me, I was into music (piano and oboe) as far as extracurriculars, I was mortified with my geekiness and inability to fit in/relate to anyone, I didn't really have a social life to speak of, and they are years I have happily put behind me.
I was very, very late maturing emotionally/socially - I'd say I 'found my individuality' and gained confidence in that in my 20's.
"...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce
My identity as a teenager was somewhat bound up in the fact that I'm a twin (not identical). I think that a lot of people saw me in the context of how they related to my sister (or simply saw us as part of a unit) -- in addition to being in most of the same classes in school, we also worked at the same restaurant and were involved in (more or less) the same sorts of extracurricular activities. Generally I was the one who would start something new, and she'd try it later and wind up being better/better liked/more integral to the group. So other than in my personal friendships, I was always sort of the "also-ran".
Other than that, I was "the smart kid" (sister was too). Almost all of my self-worth was tied up in performance in school, and since school was the one thing that I was always good at, I was pretty comfortable and confident. I wasn't social -- I spent a lot of time reading, working in a restaurant, playing video games with my best friend, and writing some of the most horrible science fiction that nobody will ever see . I didn't date, didn't go to parties, really had no social presence whatsoever, but I also wasn't ostracized, bullied, etc. Adults liked me because I did good work and didn't make waves, other teenagers liked me well enough in a "oh, that smart kid, he's okay" sort of way. Really, I stayed in my own little world, and was pretty happy there, but eager to graduate from high school and go to college, which was great (although I made several mistakes there that I wish I could have a do-over on).