"Over and over, research is finding that even more than IQ, emotional awareness and the skills to handle feelings are strong predictors of relational, academic, and later-life success for young people. The scary truth is, kids who don't learn social and emotional skills while growing up are at greater risk for developing depression or anxiety, being bullied or bullying others, and are more vulnerable to significant life disruptions.Once a young adult graduates from high school, making a good adjustment depends upon doing well in the path they choose to follow. For many young adults, this is a time of ambivalence about dependence and independence, as well as their next steps in life. For some, graduation means attending college, but for many others it might mean travel, art school, stepping into the workforce, the military, or a number of other exploratory options.Regardless of the transition ahead, most young adults are faced with the challenging questions: Are they making the right choice? How can they be sure? How will they afford their independence? Should they change direction, jobs, or their college major? These questions can be stressful and difficult. Although many young adults will go through a natural struggle to make the right choice for them, taking a long-term perspective can empower them to make good choices and allow themselves the flexibility to change. What do young adults need to consider on the path ahead? Looking ahead often means taking time to sort out home & family, campus life and relationships and setting concrete goals for academics, career and finances. It also means allowing time to gain experience, learn, and grow, which might mean seeking support from family, mentors, professors, and outside help when necessary."