The time you spend in high school is an important period. Many would say that it’s the time during which you are building a foundation from which you will launch the rest of your life. I see some truth in this. That is, I don’t think I would be the person I am today without having made some important decisions in high school. And one of these decisions was to trust that my choices affect my chances.
Owning your choices means that after realizing you’ve made the wrong choice, you alone accept responsibility for it and decide where to go from there. You don’t blame other people or society (even if they actually share some blame). If by the time you graduate you realize that you’ve made some bad choices that set you back, I think the best step forward is to accept the reality of those choices as lessons learned, and decide to work hard to catch up. Whatever you do, do not give up. Remember – Successful people are not successful because they don’t have problems. They’re successful because they deal with their problems.