Congratulations all you graduates out there! I know alot of high school seniors in Spokane are graduating this weekend and they are excited. I realize I still have alot to learn about life, but here is what I would pass on if I sat down and chatted with one of these seniors.
You're going from a place you know well to either a new school or a new job. This is exciting and scary at the same time. Enjoy the excitement and don't take yourself too seriously when you mess up because everybody's been the new person at some point.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't get too caught up in what all the other graduates are moving on to. Whether you think you're better or you think you aren't doing much, you never know what's going to happen. Who you are is way more important than where you go to school or what kind of job you have.
If you're moving on to college, remember that your G.P.A. is very important. God, People and Academics - keep it in that order.
If you feel insecure in your new surroundings, don't forget that there are lots of people who feel the same way. If somebody makes fun of you for making a mistake there's a good chance they're trying to cover up their insecurities.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
You will soon have a ton of new ideas thrown at you. One professor will tell you one thing and another will tell you the opposite and both can prove it. Listen to people and try to understand but keep in mind that even the most educated guess is still a guess.
If you feel like you're in way over your head don't think about the mountain you have to climb, just focus on the next step. If you can't even do this it's always OK to ask for help.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. -King Solomon