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CHAPTER ONE

S E L F- D I SCOV E RY AC T I V I T Y

“My Interests” portfolio This portfolio can be a combination scrapbook/photo album. You can include all kinds of things here: pictures, drawings, magazine and newspaper articles, brochures, tickets, postcards, certificates, ribbons won, almost anything! The idea is for the collection of items to showcase your uniqueness. Make a list of items that you could place in your portfolio:

Next, read an article from a trustworthy publication or research a person or topic you’re interested in. Write to that publication asking for more information about this particular person or subject. Create a file folder (an actual folder or one on the computer) and begin saving magazine articles, newspaper clippings, or anything you’ve done yourself that relates to your interests. For example, let’s say you’re interested in learning more about nature. You could visit a nearby zoo, museum, and/or a college campus and ask for any printed information they have related to nature. During the summer, you could volunteer for the nature center at a summer camp. You could interview the person in charge, write it up in a question/answer format, and add this to your folder. Over time you’ll have accumulated valuable information about your hobby or interest.

Gifts and Talents for Teenagers  

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