When Opportunity Knocks You Have to Go For It

You can’t always wait for opportunity to knock. If you’re in high school, you have a TON of opportunities at your fingertips. Even if someone isn’t begging you to start a new club or join theirs, opportunity is constantly knocking at your door. It’s called strolling the hallways of your high school – if you look up, you’ll see signs of opportunity knocking pretty much everywhere: “Join the Executive Board!” “Audition for the Musical!” “Write for The School Newspaper.” Sure, no one has asked you personally to join these opportunities, but these are all opportunities knocking at YOUR door. You just have to tune in to listen to them.

All this opportunity knocking, decision-making, passion-pursuing doesn’t end in high school. I’ll tell you a story of mine. Last fall, I had a chance to become a panelist in The School of the New York Times’ Symposium on College Admissions. It was a true honor. The...

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