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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: Stuff I wish someone had told me when I was graduating high school:
    1. Don't worry too much about the future.
    2. Keep your mind and heart as open as you can and let your current interests draw you to people and places that help you develop as a person.
    3. Your interests will change throughout your life.
    4.Do what feels natural to you.
    5. Being a student will open a lot of doors to you. Don't hesitate to try them out.
    6. Travel abroad, frequently, to as many places as you can.
    7. Read a lot and read broadly.
    8. Read the book 'on the road', and also 'world stomp'.
    9. Whether or not you're going to college, learn to work with your hands. Learn a practical skill.
    10. Spend as much time outdoors recreating/working in the fresh air as you can. It will keep your mind clear, your body healthy, and you'll meet cool people.
    11. Don't expect change to happen immediately. With some things you will start to see change in 2 years, some in 10, others will take a lifetime. Just keep at it.
    12. Everything everyone in this chat has said about communication and interpersonal relationships is true. Be aware of it and work to improve because it's essential and the effort is worth it.

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