What do you want to be when you grow up? I'm betting the answer you gave as a high-schooler differs from what you're actually doing now. Sure, a handful of folks know from an early age where they'll end up, but for the vast majority of us, figuring out the answer to that age-old question, especially at 17 or 18, causes headaches and occasional heartaches. This week we start a yearlong look at the ups, downs and in-betweens of senior year. The series, called Senior Thesis, will follow three high school students as they navigate the often-choppy waters of their final year of school and make a host of decisions that will shape their futures in ways that they probably can't imagine now. Our goal is to examine this coming-of-age year through the students' eyes and, where appropriate, provide resources for other students and parents to help make the transition a little easier. Here's a small preview of the students who you'll get to know over the course of the academic year. Rodniqua Brothers Rodniqua attends St. John's High School, where she keeps an incredibly busy schedule. She's a varsity cheerleader and a member of the softball and track and field teams. She's also active in her church and helps care for the 4-year-old twin boys of her mother's best friend. Rodniqua describes herself as "ambitious, friendly, caring, precocious and trustworthy." Bogdan Bordieanu Bogdan, a Romanian immigrant, is ranked No. 1 in Wando High School's 2012 class. He participates in several after-school activities including the National Honor Society, Beta Club, German Club and QUEST academic competition. He also loves trivia and tests his wits against friends and strangers alike. Bogdan describes himself as "ambitious, receptive, equable, self-assured and righteous." Stephanie Hill Stephanie, who will graduate from Berkeley High School in the spring, prides herself on living 'above the influence' of alcohol and drugs. She previously played on the school's tennis team, but has decided to take her senior year off. She's active in student government and works part time for an insurance agency in Moncks Corner. Stephanie describes herself as "quiet, caring, organized, studious and loyal." Reach community news editor Jessica Runnels Rourk at 937-5510.