For My Future Graduate…
To the New Grad,
In high school, they teach you math, history, and how to diagram sentences in English class. In college you will learn Statistics, Arts and Appreciation, Calculus, and Chemistry.
I am here to tell you that not once have I ever needed to know how to diagram a sentence in my adult years. Why does anyone need to know which line off a diagram each word goes to a sentence?! I still have no idea!
But there are a few things that I learned through my experiences after both high school and college. I hope it can help you in your own life experiences as well.
You don’t have to grow up just yet.
Don’t worry about buying a home, getting married, or starting a family. Explore. There is so much to see.
Never stop learning.
There is always something to learn even in the most unexpected circumstances.
Be mindful of your words.
They can be more damaging than you might think.
Never give up.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something that you’re dreaming about. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Pick a job that will make you happy.
Money can’t buy happiness.
Tomorrow isn’t promised.
Always tell the people you love that you love them.
Everyone has something that they wish they could change. Embrace those things. They make you who you are.
Find a few great friends.
The kind that you can tell anything to and trust with your deepest feelings. It’s better to have a handful of best friends than twenty acquaintances.
Before you get tied down in your forever job or relationship or family, go see the world. It is beautiful.
You can’t trust everyone and sometimes, those who you think you can trust will let you down.
Don’t forget where you came from.
You may move far away, but your home is where you began.
Time flies by.
I know it has seemed like forever to get to this point in your life. The rest of your life is going to seem like a blink of an eye. Enjoy every moment and don’t waste time on things that you don’t bring you happiness.
You will make mistakes.
That’s ok. Learn from the experience and move on.
Treat your friends like a garden.
You get out what you put in.
Consider other people’s perspectives.
You might actually learn something new.
Give yourself some grace.
You may not be where you think you should be in a certain amount of time or in comparison to those around you. There is no such thing as perfection and life is not a race.
Keep your eyes on the prize and see where life takes you. I hope you find people to encourage you every step of the way. Good luck, future graduates. You will do great things!