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What would you tell your 16 year old self?

This one's been floating about the net for awhile - I got it from Jeran (who's over on Insane Journal these days).

What would I tell myself?

  • Find and join the LASFS now.  Your ego will thank you.

  • Learn to study.  You'll need it in college.

  • You're an instinctive-level computer programmer, and you enjoy it (remember those geometry proofs better than the teacher's?  That's a sign.)  Go ahead and follow the science track in HS, but seriously consider computer engineering for college.  Hang in there - the industry may not be quite ready for you yet but it will be. 

  • Go and talk to the folks at Cal Tech.  They will be admitting female undergraduates a year after you graduate HS, and you may want to wait or transfer over.

  • If you still want to study Biology, animal behavior studies are about to take an upswing.  Check the literature for Jane Goodall in a few years.

  • Get your own college adviser rather than use the one assigned to you.  Especially if you go to USC.  That bio major is actually a pre-med major in disguise and not QUITE what you want.

  • Also if you go to USC, your Bio 101 prof will mess up your grade for the course.  Catch him ASAP so he can fix it before he vanishes on sabbatical and you're stuck with it.

  • Attend the 1974 San Diego Comic convention.  Be sure to go to the Dungeons and Dragons game (either Friday or Saturday evening.  Ask around.)


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 26th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Find and join the LASFS now. Your ego will thank you.
In my case, it would be, "Give LASFS a rest for ten or twenty years. Your ego will thank you."
Oct. 26th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Same reason I should imagine - the male/female fan ratio. It WOULD have been nice to have a social life during HS.
Oct. 27th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm not sorry with how my life has turned out to this point, and any of the suggestions I might give to my 16-yr-old self would probably have significant effects on my life path thereafter, likely ending me up in a very different "place" than I am now.

- Encourage Mark a bit, you'll regret it later if you don't. (Long story, he was ready to go out before I was and we got into synch, but were very good friends for years.)

- Look seriously into applied math as a major instead of chemistry, possibly with computer sci minor.

- At Waterloo (college), join FASS before last year, not just attend the performances. (FASS is where I met my husband, and would have met a great group of people earlier.)
Oct. 29th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Oh I'm not sorry about mine either, but it's fun to consider what might've happened. As you can probably guess from the last point on the list, I met my husband at the '74 SDCC, at my first D&D game (he was DMing). I wound up programming computers anyway, and starting earlier might've been a good idea. As for the LASFS, I could've skipped some much unneeded angst with a larger pool of peers than the three or four I actually encountered in HS. And this encounter with fandom would mean that if I didn't go to San Diego for grad school after all, I still would have been involved in it. Despite what I said to asimovberlioz, to be sure I wasn't actually interested in guys as anything but conversational partners until I'd hit college, so I doubt that would've changed much.
Nov. 21st, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
And I am certainly glad that you attended the '74 SDCC. Funny about that. :-).
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