From Boys to the Man: Obama Takes Questions From Young Minorities

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Setting Goals

I actually didn’t set a lot of goals for myself when I was very young. As when I got to be about your age, a lot of my goals revolved around basketball, which were probably misplaced goals because I did not have Chris Paul’s talent. But as I got older, so by the time I got to be a junior or a senior in in high school, I realized that I did need to go to college, and that required me to buckle down a little bit. And then when I got to college, my first two years I was still kind of enjoying myself a little bit too much and was still a little too casual about my studies.


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