Everybody always plans what they want to do when they grow up and finish high school. Your mind is probably filled with thoughts of getting accepted at your dream university and what you want to do with the rest of your life. But, while you’re thinking about all of those things, there are a few things you should do while you’re still a teenager.

Go Backpacking

After you finish high school, if you take a gap year, go exploring anywhere you’ve never been. You may never get another chance to just take off and explore the world.

Learn to Cook

Once you’re living on your own, living off of ramen is no fun. Take the time to learn to cook while you’re still at home, so you won’t have to learn on your own later.

Make a Bucket List

Make a list of all of the things you want to do while you’re still a teenager and cross them off one by one, as you do them. Just make sure they’re attainable. While climbing to the top of Mount Everest probably isn’t possible, you probably have many ideas that are like hang gliding, surfing, or skiing.

Make a New Friend

If you’ve been running in the same circles for a long time, try to befriend someone totally different from the people you usually hang around. It will give you good practice for getting along with people with diversified personalities when you go out into the workforce. You just never know, you might get a new bestie out of the deal.

Get Your First Job

Juggling high school and working is a difficult balance, but a lot of kids do it with ease. It will give you a chance to learn responsibility, respect for authority, and special skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to make money and meet some new friends.

Start Saving Your Cash

If you can start saving your money now, you’ll be one step ahead of most of your friends. Whether you’re saving for college or for the future, tucking five to 10 percent of every paycheck away will add up fast.

Do Something New Every Month

While you’re still young and adventurous and have the time, you should try to do something you’ve never done before every month. Have your friends help you come up with a new first like skydiving, taking a salsa class, or even going skinny dipping in the rain. Being a teenager is an exciting time, and you should live those years to their fullest.

Taking the time to try to do one, or all, of the things on this list while you’re still a teenager will give you a more rounded perspective as an adult. Not only that, but some of them will give you great memories that you carry with you throughout your adult life.

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