Words of Wisdom for High School Graduates

May 25, 2018 · CLASSMATES FUN

Whether high school was five years ago or 50, you’ve most likely heard at least one graduation speech in your life.

Your class valedictorian probably delivered a good one. Addresses from peers tend to be more relatable than those delivered by adults – and are often infused with humor and references that only fellow students can fully appreciate.

You may have had a commencement speaker as well. But you may not remember who they were, let alone what they said.

Odds are pretty good that you were too excited about graduating to pay close attention to what anyone was saying, really. You were looking forward to that moment when everyone would throw their mortarboards in the air (and to the celebrating that would take place after the ceremony was over).

You were also thinking about the future. The next step may have been college or a job, the military or a “gap year” travel adventure. Whatever your plans, they were going to be a lot different from high school.

This time of year, graduation advice abounds, whether it’s coming from a valedictorian, a celebrity guest speaker, or a relative. Some is practical. Some is cautionary. And some is just plain inspirational. We’ve gathered some of our favorite words of guidance for you – or for any recent graduates you may know.

They know things, too. Things you haven’t learned yet. You can pick up good advice from older people.

Tell her you love her. Reassure her that you’re doing well. Or kindly request a batch of your favorite cookies.

This simple ritual helps you to start your day on the right foot. And it makes your room look better.

Don’t undersell yourself (but don’t oversell yourself, either).

It really is easier when you can just be yourself.

#graduation #graduationspeech

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You are the choices that you make.

Time won’t wait for you. Sometimes you have to make your own opportunities.

There are plenty of not-so-recent graduates who don’t quite seem to grasp this concept.

Yes, even if it only matters to you.

Don’t be afraid to try.

Face your fears.

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This phenomenon is experienced by almost every freshman college student who returns home for the first time at winter break.

“Because we’ve always done it that way” is not a great recipe for success.

It isn’t all about you.

#MondayMotivation from #MountMitchell

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Think of all the company leaders out there who started out their careers as mailroom assistants or dishwashers or summer interns.

Your job is just a stepping stone.

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The opposite of this also sure seems to be true.

Never lose your sense of curiosity about the world around you. It makes life more fulfilling – and a lot more fun.

What advice would you give to a high school graduate?