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Mitch Harrison

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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 30 2012: When I was 18, I took several road trips, including cross country, in a 1972 Oldsmobile. 30 years later I still think about those road trips. But if you do that, stay off the interstates. America can be found on the smaller roads.

    I've found Dishwasher Pete to have some interesting stories to tell about America from experiences he had while working his his way across the country as a dishwasher. Maybe it will ring true for you. http://www.dishwasherpete.com/ . You can hear him on podcasts of This American Life. Good luck.

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