I read a really great blog by Tammy Davis. She is a brand new friend. I just saw her Freshly Pressed article on Graduation and thought you all should read it. It really hit home since she and I graduated about the same year and Keith, my son just graduated last week. So, enjoy!
Though I find it hard to believe, twenty-five years ago today was my high school graduation day. Besides making me feel pretty darned old, it also leads me to reflection. If I could go back, what would I say to my 17-year-old self, assuming she would listen to me? Who knows, but here goes.
- Don’t sit on the sidelines; participate. Ask questions, get to know people, build relationships. The high school model of learning–listen to a lecture, do your homework/write a paper/take a test, move to the next one–won’t get you a good grade in real life. You might pass, but you won’t excel. Whether you go to college or to work or anywhere else, get to know people. Connections count; you never know where or when it might make a difference. And no matter what happens, those relationships will enrich your life experience.
- Explore, explore, explore. I wish I had…
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