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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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    Jul 3 2013: My advice would be -

    if you have a passion in life(music, sports etc.) follow it, if you fail, dont worry - take it as its meant to be. There are ALWAYS other doors open you just need to explore and find the way to them.. thats probably the hardest part. If you think investing and marketing is your thing, concentrate on it and if it will not work out - take a challenge and do something else, dont be afraid of changes.

    When i was in high school, i thought neuropsychology is my way and ONLY way, when it didnt work out, i thought i failed in life - but then i thought if its meant to be it will happen, so if i cannot find the way to psychology, psychology will find its way to me. And it happened - probably in a way i never expected. but all the knowledge and experience just helped us to find each other.

    Remember, there are so many ways to go, so take it easy - when one way doesnt work out, take another, never stop. And eventually you will find your way. Many of us are still looking - its a life journey.

    Take every challenge as a game, play it and win it, if you lose try again or play another game.

    Life is so much easier, when you start to look at it from different sides in a different ways. Sometimes it reminds me a chess.

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