Advice for Graduates

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  1. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Most people don’t.
  2. Age truly is only a number.
  3. Don’t fall in love too fast. You need to spend some time focusing on you, figuring out your own crazy life.
  4. Boys will not always understand, girls will always overthink. We are not all made the same. Accept this fact.
  5. Life can often be like high school. You’ll see bullies and be the product of drama. What matters is how you react. Always, always be the bigger person.
  6. Spend as much time as you can with your family. They will always be there for you, even when life takes you away.
  7. Also, if you have the luxury of still living at home with your parents, enjoy it but do your part. Help with chores, offer to cook or pick up dinner. This is also a great opportunity to put back money for savings. You’ll be grateful you did.
  8. Make time for friends. Give yourself a break from school and work. You need it as much as they do.
  9. Don’t be in a rush to grow up. You really do only have one life and one opportunity to be a “kid.” Make mistakes, act silly, make memories.
  10. There will always be someone that ridicules you, someone that disagrees with you, someone with a difference of opinion. We’re not meant to be the same so embrace the beautiful, unique person that you are.
  11. You will go through many changes. Your personality, your taste in food, your taste in men/women. Your friendships will change. With these changes often come challenges. Face everything head on. Be strong. Be accepting.
  12. Live for yourself. Choose the job that makes you happy. Choose the person that brings joy to your heart. Choose the town, the car, the pet, etc. etc. etc. This is *your* life and yours alone. What others think is best for you isn’t always right. You’re the one that will have to live with your decisions. Make them count.
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