Graduation is full of excitement and fun. I taught English overseas for three years at the high school level. My students were often nervous, excited and sometime unsure of what was ahead for them after graduation. So with my teaching experience as well as my experience of being a student, I offer this advice.
In the busy of graduation, many people immediately move on to the next thing. I would urge you to take some quiet time to sit and reflect. Reflect on what you accomplished, on what you did or didn’t do, the friends you made and most importantly. Reflect on how you’ve change. Are you a better person than you were when you started? Are you smarter, wiser? It is good to know what we have done so we can confidently go toward the future.
We can never get accomplish anything in life without a little help. Thank all the people who helped you on your journey. Teachers, friends, neighbors. Even your nemesis, if you have one. Being thankful will go a long way. It may help you in the future as you look for a job, references or advice.
Don’t leave graduate without apologizing. After graduation people will all go their separate ways. Don’t leave with “what ifs?” Forgive, forget, ask questions so that you don’t have any regrets or questions about the relationships you have. Money and Fame will pass away. The relationships you make or break will affect you for a life time.
Life after graduation will be tough. Relationships, attitudes and places change and won’t be the same ever again. Prepare and expect change. Prioritize the people you want to stay in contact with and realize some relationships fade. Don’t expect things to stay the same. Start making plans for yourself because if you don’t, others with make them for you.
Congratulations! You’ve gotten this far. You’ll do great and you are ready for what is next.