Self Discovery Questions for High School Students — High school students are learning so much about themselves and how to express themselves. As you’re teaching them about journaling and creative writing, it’s important for teens to also discover the importance of figuring out their own sense of self.
Not only does journaling help them develop important writing skills, but it gives them a chance to figure out who they are and how to express their thoughts and ideas.
Encourage your students to discover more about who they are and who they want to become. And, we are so happy to help you help your students. You see..
Below we have listed some helpful self discovery questions teens can use to improve their personal essay writing and communication skills while discovering and building upon a strong sense of self. So go for it and use these prompts with your high schoolers today!
46 Self Discovery Questions and Prompts
- What do you know about yourself that you didn’t know a year ago?
- What makes you feel the happiest with yourself?
- What does your dream life look like in five years? Describe that life in detail.
- What are five things that you’re most grateful for at this moment?
- Who are the people that you look up to most? Why?
- How would someone else describe you?
- If you were able to give your younger self some advice, what would you say?
- Write about one of your earliest memories. Why is that memory important to you?
- What are some things you regret doing or not doing?
- Write a letter to yourself in five years.
- List all of the things, big and small, that really make you happy right now.
- What is the best day you have had recently? Describe that day.
- What things do you like to do with your free time? Do these things make you happy?
- If you could only keep three of your possessions, what would you keep and why?
- What is one of the most life-changing moments you have ever experienced? Why did it change you?
- If you had to describe yourself to a complete stranger, what would you say?
- What things in your life worry you the most? What can you do about them?
- What things keep you awake at night?
- If you saw a friend you knew five years ago, how would you describe your life now?
- What things have you lied about in your life? Why did you lie?
- What do you feel is the greatest life lesson that you have ever learned? How do you put it into practice?
- Write a letter of forgiveness to someone who did something wrong to you in the past.
- Who in your past would you like to thank? What would you say to them?
- What things do you hate? Why?
- What makes you have a bad day? What do you do when you have a bad day?
- What things do you do to cope with stress at school or at home?
- What are the top five goals that you would like to complete this year?
- How do you spend your weekends? How would you like to spend your weekends?
- How would you describe happiness? How can you achieve happiness?
- What kinds of activities set your heart and soul on fire? If you don’t know, think about the things you love.
- If you knew that you would not fail, what things would you try to do?
- What are your best qualities, and what are your worst qualities?
- What can you do to improve on qualities you don’t like about yourself?
- If you had the chance to go anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go? Why?
- What do you think your dream job is and why?
- If you had to describe yourself in just a single word, what would that word be? Why?
- How did the hard times in your life make you into the person that you are today?
- What steps can you take now to make sure you achieve your goals for the future?
- What is a toxic thing or person currently in your life that you think you need to let go of?
- What is one thing you’d really like to do but have never tried because you were scared?
- How do you want to be remembered by other people?
- What things make you feel most alive? When did you feel that way?
- Are there relationships you would like to improve? How can you improve them?
- If you could make other people understand you better, what would you tell them?
- Is there someone you owe an apology to? What should you say to them?
- What do people often assume about you? Why are they wrong?
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