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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 10 2013: I think it's great that a 17-18 year old like yourself is taking proactive steps to better his future. I've always thought best to learn from someone older since the experiences they've gone through have made them wiser to some extent.

    1- list out your weaknesses and your fears and try to tackle them, graduating as a senior is a stepping milestone in life, wouldnt it feel amazing if youve become a better person once you change yourself in anyway for the better, no ones perfect in life, so take a piece of paper and write down all the flaws then think of solutions, if you need help then consider talking to family and friends
    I know as a teenager I was very ignorant and always thought I was always right about everything, as I've gotten older I'm considerate of others and very open to listening to what everyone has to say

    2- start making a to do list, things get very complex when you have them all in your head, it feels very disorganized, so to feel less stressed out write out all the things you want to get done and once you cross them out it will feel great accomplishing it!

    3- balance I find is key, if your spending too much time doing one thing over the other that's not good. Try doing a bit of everything, like spending time with family, friends, sports, school, hobby, relationship

    4- making time for yourself, I find solitude can help you analyze and reflect, it's when you have the tv on or reading something on the computer that forces you to think what's on there, so instead I feel like you should have free thinking and just be able to have time to think for yourself

    5- focus most on your education and getting done with a degree, choose something that makes you happy in life, and work towards anything that you can see yourself doing for the next 50 years

    This was a compilation between what I've seen my sister do and what I wish I'd done for myself, every part of your life is stressful, take it one day at a time, good luck to you, hope this helped in anyway!

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