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What were 5 things you wish you knew as a senior in high school?

I am just now a rising senior in high school. I have too many questions to ask and not many answers, but I realize now that I am at a golden opportunity (not many responsibilities) in my life to make big changes and preparations for a successful life in the future. How can we avid teenagers reasy to take on the future better prepare for life?

My love life has been less than exciting. Despite putting in an inordinate amount of effort, I have, only this year gotten my first kiss, an endeavor which ultimately ended the first inklet of a relationship I ever had.

I have taken many leadership roles for clubs and a nonprofit organization that is working on a penpal program between China and the US.

I enjoy investing and learning about the stock market.

I play tennis and rock climb.

I enjoy Photography and Videography.

I enjoy hanging out with my friends.

The point of this whole description really was to express the diversity of my interests-- and presumably the diversity of everyone's interests--and to express my dilemma. Where should I focus my attention to best prepare me for the future? What five things that you know now looking back would you tell me? What five things do you regret doing or not doing looking back? Which aspects of your life do you wish you had focused on?


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  • Jun 16 2013: I just wish I could have gone to the high school I wanted to. A family member intervened and talked me and my folks out of it and into what would become "Drug Haven" Catholic high school where I was totally unmotivated for the duration. It wasn't that my choice was an automatic win, it was that it would have been my first major life decision and I would have been driving it. There would have been impetus on me by me to make it add up. Instead I was a caboose on someone else's dumb runaway train. That was probably the place I went wrong in my life. The only things I did well in high school on were subjects in which the teacher had a constant reflection method as to how I was doing. If I got tested every day I couldn't stand seeing poor grades, so I fixed that by getting good ones. But there were a lot of incompetent nincompoops who didn't give a test for weeks and you could drift way too easily into failure--especially when there's weed.

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