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What should I really do with my youth? I'm 18, and I want to really learn. Advice from any adults out there?

I am a senior in high school, just two weeks from graduation. If I end up going to college, I know that I definitely want to take a year or so off. I want to really learn things first hand. I want to see the world and study cultures and people. If anyone out there has been there and can reflect back, I would love to hear from you. What should I study? Where should I go? What should I really think about? I want to give the rest of my life a boost and give myself a solid foundation in my youth. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    May 28 2012: I wish I could add more to the fine comments above. First, unless you have a specific skill and time schedule you need to meet. it's okay to delay higher ed. It's not okay to delay your education. If you are a strong student, keep up your skills (an iPad & Kahn Academy make that easy). Travel and figure out how to earn your way...and if you have the nerve for it, please travel outside the US to experience the world. I would say by just asking the question you have above, you're more than half way to learning what you need to learn.
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      May 31 2012: Are you 'the' Michael Moore? If so, thanks. I read the book "Deadly Spin" and WOW you are very needed!
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        May 31 2012: No, I'm not "the" Michael Moore. Sorry! :)
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          May 31 2012: I am sorry Mike! I am delighted that you are here and I did not intend to diminish your contribution! You are THE Mike Moore to us!
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        May 31 2012: Hi Debra...Good to see you back (:>) My youngest daughter backpacked through Europe after college that was back in the 1980s
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          May 31 2012: How was that experience for you? My eldest son went to Turkey on a Rotary exchange when he was 16 (he had finished high school and I did not want him to enter university too early). Everyone thought I was a terrible mother for allowing it and they wanted to know if I had seen 'Midnight express". Most expressed that they would never have let their chld go. Oh well, it worked out very well for my son.

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