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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 23 2013: #1 Chicks love to hang out with sensitive guys, but they sleep with neanderthals.
    #2 girls like guys with money or the potential for getting lots of it, so study hard
    #3 If your not handsome, don't go on double dates with someone who is.
    #4 Everything is about sex and wanting to be loved, respected, comforted, useful
    #5 You can improve your chances of hooking up by strenuous exercise, weight lifting, careful grooming, and plastic surgery if absolutely necessary.
    #6 Theres 7,000,000,000 different ways to love, be happy, and live a full life. Just get out there and get living.There's someone for everybody. Your own mind is the primary determining factor of your worth, your happiness, and your destiny. Just dive in, and take no prisoners.
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      Jun 30 2013: So be a sensitive neanderthal! lol! It's true that sex is the driving force in dating, which I didn't mention in my comment to Robert. It's said that women know within the first 10 seconds of meeting you whether or not they would sleep with you. I think men are the same, as shallow as that may be, I believe that it's just how we're pre-wired as humans. There are even TED talks regarding the subject.
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        Jun 30 2013: I think most of my comment was intended to be humorous, while still squeezing in a little biological reality, though the most valuable lesson of my life is contained in #6 above. Take a close look at what I said there. Every person has to live their own journey.

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