I walked in my high school graduation and sat through the two hours of sweaty pain to grab my diploma. It was exciting to know that college was just around the corner and I would soon be a UMaine Black Bear. I graduated college in four and a half years and decided to not sit through more painful hours of sweating to death in my seat. Do I regret it? Well, a little, but in the end I still received my degree. This Saturday, and the next few Saturdays to come, colleges will be getting done and the class of 2012 will be graduating and taking on a new step in their lives. Each year, colleges find a keynote speaker to address the new graduates. They have insight and hopefully inspire the graduates to keep their dreams alive. Okay...I'll be honest. I've never sat through a college graduation, but I imagine that's what a keynote speaker would say. While graduation day is a time of excitement, the reality of life is that starting that next Monday, it's time to go find a real job and become an adult. YIKES!
I came across a pretty neat article from the Wall Street Journal which discussed things that you won't hear at your graduation, but things you should probably take to heart. Here's a few that I definitely agree with and some you should take to heart.
You're living on borrowed time
Don't take any day for granted. You never know when your last day will be, and you shouldn't have regrets in your life. Benjamin Franklin probably said it best. "'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Death is going to happen to all of us at some point. How will you leave your legacy?
You spent your time wisely in that fraternity or sorority
I never joined a fraternity in college, but they can be a great use of your time if you are a part of the right ones. I'm not going to say one is better than another because I honestly don't know much about Greek life, but what I do know is that a lot of good has come from brothers and sisters across the nation. Not only do you meet new people as a result, but you also have a chance to be a part of intramural sports, service projects and various other events in your college careers that will help shape who you become.
Your life may get worse before it gets better
You have a degree! Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you have a job. So many of us these days are graduating and not sure of what will happen once we get into the real world. I can speak from personal experience in this category. I graduated in 2009 and didn't end up find a job that was even remotely close to my degree until I ended up with Young and Free. I definitely went through a few rough months where I was living paycheck to paycheck. Unforeseen consequences like my dying car and my roommate moving out were not always easy, but I got through it. Life could get worse, but don't give up hope! You have a purpose in life, and that degree you have is more than just a piece of paper. If you are persistent, making ends meet will get easier.
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What did you wish you had heard at your graduation ceremony?