The moment you all have been waiting for is finally here. It seems as if just yesterday you were walking around the halls during freshman orientation, millions of thoughts passing through your head. As a freshman you thought high school would never end, and in the blink of an eye you are figuring out what color you are going to wear at prom. All the laughing, the crying, the stress, the drama. All of that is behind you once that diploma hits your hands. In that moment, the next page turns into your next chapter. While it is a joyous occasion, this moment is also a very scary one. What will be my next step? Am I making the right college choice? Should I skip a year? Am I ready to move away?
While all of this may be going through your mind, just think: "Is this what I want to do?" Don't think, "Well my parents want me to do this." or "People will this this if...." DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. At the end of the day, it is YOUR life to live! It is okay not to go to college. It is okay to go to a trade school. It is okay to take a year off. It is okay to not know what you want to do with your life. Everything happens for a reason. Don't let life slip by. Embrace every moment. Learn. Meet new people. Over time, you will learn what you were meant to do on this Earth. If you keep your eyes and mind open, and you worry about what makes you happy, you will find a job that you don't mind waking up to every morning. You will find a job that doesn't make you count down the days till you are off.
ENJOY THIS SUMMER. The past few years definitely have put you through some stress. Finals, Summer assignments, etc. Forget about all that for a bit, and enjoy the beautiful weather. Enjoy the sun. Go to the beach or the pool. Take a nice hike. Get your head out of a book or a phone and explore the beauty of Mother Nature.
Do these fun things with the people you care about. I know high school can be rough because for four years you may have had to deal with people you can't stand. Well, now that you are out of that environment, make it a point to take the negative people out of your life and only leave the ones that make you happy. You don't owe anyone an explanation. Who you were in high school doesn't matter. If you were popular or not, remember that in the real world NONE OF THAT MATTERS. Someone from high school doesn't like you? OH WELL. Keep a small group of friends or even just one good friend that you know you can trust. You will see how much easier and stress free your life is when you only focus on a few select people.
In the summer, I always suggest to graduating seniors that they should get an easy summer job. Something that allows you to enjoy your summers, but also helps prep you for the workforce. Having a couple extra bucks in your pocket before school starts definitely doesn't hurt. For those who are going to college in the fall.... trust me. Save up as much as you can. You are going to need.
Most importantly: Don't be afraid to ask for help. I know that it is hard. I went through it myself. But like I said before, if you have a million thoughts running through your mind, and you don't know how to properly organize your thoughts and how to try to figure things out... talk to someone. Talk to a close friend, a parent, a sibling, another family member, a trusted adult. ANYONE YOU TRUST. Most people, if not everyone, has gone through things like this at least once in their life. And everyone has different ways of coping. Get different pieces of advice and figure out what works best for you. Just remember: YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.
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