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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 22 2013: I wish I could have repeated high school--college was so foreign, and Viet Nam was so "hot".
    Do what you like, even if it's making roller skates--if you are dedicated, the money will come.
    Be yourself and the right girl will arrive in your life. Be what you are not and the wrong girl will find you.
    Remember the Bible says three score and 10 is all you get. Don't waste your days, they are precious.
    Honesty and Ethics are rarely taught, but will be your moral compass, so pay attention.
    Truth will always lead to a better outcome than lying, plus truth is easier to remember.

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