What I’d tell my teenage self: Life and career advice from the TED staff

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Four hundred middle and high school students will fill the TEDYouth auditorium this Saturday — and many of them will be put straight to work. Students who’ve expressed interest in cinematography will shadow our video production team, students who want to be event planners will hang out with our producers, and those interested in journalism will shadow the TED Blog team.

So this felt like a good moment to ask these assorted staffers: What advice would you give your teenage self?

“Do not waste any part of the last summer before you graduate on the boring internship you think will look good on your resume. Instead, do something you love. If you love being a camp counselor, you will learn far more doing that job than you will doing data entry in a cubicle. Also: It really and truly doesn’t matter what they think. Just be you. I know people…

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