Grab that diploma, throw that cap in the air, and prepare for a bumpy ride.
You should be proud of yourself, excited for the college or job years to come, and relieved that high school is a thing of the past.
I’m going to share with you some things I’ve learned since graduating graduate school that I wish I knew graduating high school:
1. Be ready to become the person you have always wanted to be
You are now able to transform the person you were in high school to the person you’ve always wanted to become. Whether you decide on college or decide to face the job market, keep your morals and beliefs close and get ready to shed the high school years.
2. Meet as many new people as you can
We all get comfortable within the friends we’ve held dear in high school. Now, you’ll be going to different classes or to a new job, maybe even in a different state. Feel free to embrace people you wouldn’t normally come into contact with. You never know what you’ll learn about people before getting to know them.
3. Be open to new experiences, but also keep your morals and goals close
Be ready for change, but also have a set amount of goals you want to accomplish. The most rewarding paths are ones with a prize at the end, even if your path isn’t the straight one and takes you to your goals longer than you would have liked.
4. Try new things, but don’t let new experiences like alcohol become your life
Alcohol is a major player in our society and a powerful force to deal with at any age. If you are going to college, expect alcohol will be everywhere. It is your choice whether you want to drink after your 21st birthday or not. Alcohol may change your health, the people you surround yourself with, and may deter you from your goals.
5. Start career searching now
Don’t wait until the end of your senior year to start searching for the career you’ve always wanted. If I could go back in time, my resume would have been in the hands of potential employers by my junior year. Also, try to find an internship or a co-op in your field of interest. Employers love it and it will help you decide exactly what you may want to do in your chosen career field.
6. Knock the bricks down that are in the way of your dreams
Randy Pausch once said, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Go follow your dreams!
7. You’re going to be great!