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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 9 2013: You seem pretty on top of you game, concentrate on getting into college first, if that's what you aspire. You have got to focus on what you are willing to commit with. Even if you're interested in those various activities don't get too confident that you know what they're all about from self educating (unless you are really passionate, then I apologize).

    I'm just starting my sophomore year in college and as a fellow confused child I really wished I
    1) focused more on one activity I really enjoyed. I also did a lot of activities and things I can be proud to put on my resume, but I'm kind of a dabbler, good at everything not great at one thing.
    2) developed some sort of passion/motivation.
    3) took the time to learn more about myself in a non-headbanging way.
    4) focused more on school (but I can't lie about the amount of fun I had while not)
    5) developed a deeper relationship with those whom I had worked with, whether it be teachers, supervisors or classmates.Think of every friendship you make as an opportunity, you never know where they may take you later.

    I would multipy these answers by 3 to answer all of your questions.

    To add, if you find yourself to also be a dabbler be it in skill or interest, if you're looking for some sort of guidance on what to focus on I say just loosen up man. Instead of constantly testing shallow waters allow yourself to become obsessed with something. If you're finding yourself having a hard time to become obsessed, Make yourself obsessed. Learn everything you can about it, meet everyone and thing you can that interests you. The road you're looking for is guided by every hand you shake

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