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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: There are quite a few things that I wish I had done in high school, but had I really done those things then I would not have been the person that I am today. Our minds should have clarity, and we must be realistic and yet compassionate towards life in general.
    One of the foremost things that comes to my mind is - I wish I had concentrated more on being an outdoor person back then. I should have played more outdoor games, gone on trekking and hiking etc.
    Secondly, I wish I could fare better in mathematics. I just did not give enough time to the subject.
    Third, I wish I knew the value of time better.
    Fourth, I wish I knew the beauty of poetry while still in school!
    And last but not the least, I wish I knew what was going on in the mind of the guy I had a crush on!!!

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