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A Letter to Our Graduates

By: Cokeitha Gaddist

Dear Graduates,
Congratulations on one of your earliest, and first, of many accomplishments. You’ve made it over the high school hump and now it’s time to begin your next chapter in life. Some of you will be going off to college, into the military, or entering the work force. The rest of you guys will hang in there until you figure out what’s next and that’s okay. Sometimes you just need to give your mind a break, clear your head and take a beat for a second. Either way, I’m going to share three very important tips that you all should remember as you are embarking on what’s next in your life after high school.
Tip 1. High School ended with Graduation: It is time to look forward to your future and leave petty high school behaviors and attitudes behind. There is no more “He Said, She Said.” When you speak, speak the truth with confidence. Your word shapes your integrity and your integrity builds your character.
Tip 2. You are Responsible for You: You are now responsible for yourself. Your parents have gotten you this far and now it’s time for you to take over your life. It’s time for you to make good decisions and choices that will affect you forever. At the end of the day you must live with the choices you make; good, bad or indifferent. You’ll get the praise but you also suffer the consequences of your decisions.
Tip: 3. Take Care of Yourself: You only get one life and one body. How you treat your body will determine how your body treats you as well as how long your life will be. So exercise, eat a healthy diet, don’t stress yourself out, and always take time to relax and get plenty of rest. Remember the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I am sure you have heard this before but keep a positive attitude and respect for yourself, and others will respect you. Make great friends, meet lots of people and travel as often as you can and to as many places as you can. The world is a big place so you should explore it.
Graduates, this is an exciting time that will change your life forever! I encourage you to embrace it, explore the future possibilities, and enjoy your journey. Here is a Bonus Tip. Always, Always Be Thankful: Make sure you thank your parents, teachers, family, and your community for helping you thus far in life. Also always thank and appreciate the many people that will help you along the way, in your future, and on your journey in life.

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