When it comes to high school, our greatest regrets are not thinking more about the future and not spending more time studying.
That's the word from a survey conducted by Classmates.com that found that 63 percent of U.S. adults said if they could do over their high school years, they would think ahead about the future and college, while 61 percent said they would study harder and get better grades.
When adults look back on their high school years, the majority said they had one of two priorities: socializing or studying. Fully 31 percent admitted their top priority in high school was their social life and spending time with friends, although studying to get good grades was a close second with 28 percent.
Looking back, many think their studies would have improved under the guidance of an inspiring teacher or mentor. According to the survey, 53 percent of adults say they wish they had found a teacher or mentor who believed in them and inspired them.
Although the leading regret Americans have about their high school years is not having focused more on schoolwork and the future, there are still many others who feel they took their school years too seriously. Roughly half say that if they could do over their high school experience, they would relax and not sweat the small stuff.
The regrets aren't all scholastic. According to the survey, 46 percent wish they had been brave enough in high school to ask their secret crush for a date. This percentage was much higher among men than women, 59 percent vs. 35 percent. Ah, regrets.
--From the Editors at Netscape