Graduation season is upon us and the Commencement Festivities at the Minneota High School are on Saturday.
My little sister is graduating from St. Edward School this week and one of my younger brothers and two cousins are graduating from high school on Saturday. I’m proud of all of them.
With all the graduation talk and celebrations going on, I started thinking about what advice my younger self should have received.
•Don’t sweat the small stuff. Before going on a rampage and losing your temper, ask yourself, “How important is this really?”
If it’s a small thing, calm down, figure out the problem, move on and don’t sweat it. You’ll be glad you did.
•Get a reliable printer.
A word of caution: they smell fear. Having a good printer is both a curse and blessing.
You won’t have to worry about how to print papers, car insurance, notes, etc. But, you may have friends or roommates constantly asking to use your printing services. But hey, at least you’ve made friends.
•Life Changes. Life is constantly changing, so don’t get too comfortable. But also be willing to accept those changes.
•If you are pursuing your education, go to class. Once you get your credits and tuition costs, sit down and figure out how much each class costs. You are paying for your education, make the most of it and go to class.
Even the Monday 8 a.m. classes.
•You actually need to study. I know, it may sound too easy, but studying is important. You will have a lot of different classes with a lot of different material thrown at you, it’s best to figure out productive study habits sooner, rather than later.
•Don’t forget where you came from. This means, don’t forget to call or visit your family every once in a while. They love and support you, and they’d probably like to see your face sometimes too.
After being away at college, you might discover that you miss them too, even if it’s just a little bit.
•Don’t get too busy creating a life, that you forget to actually live it.
•Don’t be dumb on social media. Everyone does dumb things sometimes, but broadcasting on all your different social media accounts is even dumber.
Your Grandma does not want to see what terrible life choices you made at four in the morning. Not only will your family and friends see what you have been up to, but the things you say and do can also be seen by future employers and other potentially important people.
Social media is a great tool to stay connected, just be smart about it.
Best wishes and congratulations Minneota Class of 2018!