Graduation a time to celebrate, not panic

Golden Star Reporter Jessica Schwitek talks about enjoying graduation time.

It’s officially grad season, and in a town with one high school, we are quickly up on the main event.

For some this will be the end of their formal education, and for others it is only the beginning. But either way, these students have earned the right to celebrate a massive accomplishment.

Very few other goals in your lifetime will take 13 years to complete.

I read an editorial recently that said:

“It’s a time for them (grads) to reflect on what they’ve accomplished and to begin charting the path for the next phase of their lives.

“The only thing certain is the uncertainty of what lies ahead. Economies in North America and Europe are sputtering. The booms in China and India have quieted. Unemployment is up, wages are down… Some experts say we’re on the brink of a global recession.”

I pictured the author writing that piece in his dark apartment with a kitchen stocked full of canned food and a glass of scotch in his hand. Relax! This is not the apocalypse.

If I have one piece of advice for this year’s grads, it’s just that. Relax.

You have you’re entire life to reflect and plan and worry. But how many chances in your lifetime will you have to celebrate a 13-year achievement with friends and family who have been with you from start to finish?

It is true that your futures are uncertain. But I remember hearing the same concerns at my own graduation eight years ago. And as a 26-year-old with a degree and a job, my future is no more certain than it was back then.


But if you spend your time worrying about that then you will miss the excitement of  the moment. And trust me, you will look back on this as one glorious moment.



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