Suppose you woke up and learned that school had been canceled for the day. What would you do with your unexpected free time?
Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with and why?
If you could start a business what would you sell?
A genie grants you the perfect part-time job. What would you like to do and why?
What three famous people would you like to spend an afternoon with? What would you like to talk to them about?
What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
What's the best financial advice you've ever heard? Why?
If you were limited to only one electronic device, what would it be and why?
Imagine your picture on the cover of TIME magazine. What's the headline?
Describe the perfect meal. The perfect snack.
What are you saving for?
What's the worst money mistake people can make?
What's your favorite song about money?
Whose face would you put on a $75 bill?
Who's your role model? What do you admire about this person and why?
I would spend the day either at home (if the weather was bad), or with my friends (if the day was nice). At home, I'd spend a little time on the computer, play the piano, and maybe watch a movie or play a board game. If it was nice, I'd ride bikes with my friends, play the piano, and play cards.
President Obama. I think he would be an interesting person to talk to for a while, and with the president of the United States in there with me, I don't think I'd be stuck for too long!
Selling airplanes. Not models, but real planes. I love aviation, and airplanes are extremely expensive. If I sold them, I might earn enough money to be able to buy my own someday.
Working at an airport, with flexible hours. I would love to be a ground worker, getting up close to all of the planes and helping keep them ready to fly. It would be even better if I had flexible hours, so I could stay involved with all of my many activities.
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Blessed Pope John Paul II. I would talk to them about the state of the world, ask them their opinions on current affairs, but mostly I would just see their reactions to what my typical day is like.
GET INVOLVED! I know that teachers and principals just keep drilling this into you, but it really is true. Between marching band and my church youth group, I walked into my freshman year of high school with about a dozen senior friends. Keep yourself involved, and high school will seem to fly by rather than drag on.
"Never buy something you can't afford." Despite the wide availability of easy credit, it is never prudent to take out a high-interest loan without the means to comfortably pay it off. Even if you can just barely afford something, it's always good to have a buffer zone.
The computer. It allows you to communicate, work, and be entertained. These days, it is almost essential to have computer access. I know I wouldn't want to be typing school papers on a typewriter!
"First Man on Mars"
Perfect meal: a breakfast platter of eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, pancakes, and more. Even if I didn't eat it all, I love breakfast food. Perfect snack: pie. Who wouldn't love a slice of pie after school?
A college education. Eventually, though, I'd like to save up for flight lessons.
Buying everything on credit. Just because you can buy something without paying for it up front doesn't mean you should. Buying more than you can pay for leads to a vicious cycle of credit, where in order to pay off your debts you have to borrow more money, digging a deeper and deeper hole of debt.
"If I Had a Million Dollars," by the Barenaked Ladies.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR pulled the nation out of the Great Depression, and he deserves recognition for his economic reform under the New Deal.
My band director. He is a very kind person, and always places his students before himself. He never treats students as kids, but respects them and is constantly attentive to their needs.