5 Bits of Wisdom for Graduates


Well here we are, at the exhilarating season of pomp and circumstance.  There are plenty of articles out there about what to do after you graduate, but I figured one more couldn’t hurt, right?  So here is my advice to those of you sporting caps and gowns.

  • LIVE! If you haven’t yet decided what you want to be when you grow up (and seriously, who has?!) experience life. Don’t hide away in a room or office somewhere trying to figure everything out. Get out there! Meet new people and have fun.
  • Never stop learning. I don’t mean you have to be a professional student, but try new things. Take classes on topics or activities that interest you. More classes not your thing? Take advantage of the internet or watch some documentaries. Just don’t let your brain go to seed.
  • Travel if you can. Whether it’s around the world or around your county, get out there and see different things. If you really look there’s interesting stuff to do/see in every little town. Do a little research on places you may want to visit and find out what they offer. Day trips are very budget-friendly and you can still have a great time and learn a lot about a new area. Better yet, grab a friend and split the gas money— win-win.
  • Take care of your health. Getting plenty of rest is good, but spending all night and day sleeping is burning daylight. Don’t just live off take-out and delivery—learn to grocery shop and at least cook simple meals incorporating healthy foods. I think back to my junior high computer classes when they taught us, “Garbage in…garbage out.” (Yes, I’m so old we actually had those types of computer classes.) But it works well when discussing the body, too. And if you don’t know how to plan menus, shop, and cook? See number two above.
  • Save Money. Learn to appreciate what you have and fix things that are broken instead of replacing them. Don’t rush out to buy something just because it’s shiny and new; ask yourself if it is a need or a want. Make a budget that includes saving a portion of your income and stick to it. Save up for bigger ticket items and research the best place to purchase them. You never know when you’ll need that cushion. Trust me.

There you have it, my top five tidbits for new grads.  The list is certainly not all-encompassing, but it’s a good place to start.  Congratulations graduates.  Now let the real learning begin!


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