The years of teachers, tests, and homework are behind you. You can check off your “to do” list the following: high school, college. You received your diploma in the mail. Certainly you’ve quit your job at the fast food joint and have applied for positions where you can use your education. As you enter your career as a college graduate, keep these things in mind.
1. Life is an adventure. Take every chance you have to travel and meet new people. Enjoy the many sites that our world has to offer.
2. Don’t quit learning just because you are no longer going to school. Learn about other cultures. Keep informed about what’s happening in our world. Develop a love for learning. When you quit learning, you quit growing as a person.
3. Smile and be happy. Before you know it, you will find yourself in your seventies or eighties. It would be tragic to find that you spent your life being miserable and making those around you miserable as well. Learn to be happy with what you have.
4. Remember that others are entitled to a different opinion. You may be passionate about your opinion, but don’t forget, that person may be just as passionate about theirs.
5. Life is to short for enemies. Be a source of joy and laughter for those around you. Don’t harbor ill will for others. All it does is make you a more miserable, cankerous person.
6. Embrace your success, but love your failures. Failing is the best thing that can happen to you. It gives you a chance to learn and to better yourself. By recognizing your weakness, it becomes your strength. Failing allows you to do this.
7. Do something you aren’t good at. It could be something as simple as bowling, swimming, writing, learning another language, or running. Watching how you improve over time will remind you just how strong you are.
8. Be picky about those you surround yourself with. Don’t allow others to change who you are. You are an unique individual, with the talents and emotions of no one else. Be confident, love and know yourself. Take time for yourself every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. This allows you to keep everything in perspective.
9. Learn patience. Trust me, this will come in handy later!
10. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Speaking ill of another, or treating one badly just because you’ve had a bad day isn’t worth the loss of a relationship. Remember that everybody is fighting a hard battle.
Life is a wonderful journey. Have a great time. Smile. Take pleasure in your accomplishments. Congratulations, graduate! You did it!