It’s graduation season, and this most exciting of milestones for the high school and college grad is full of excitement, anticipation, and relief. Amidst all the feelings, though, we can sometimes get wrapped up in emotion and forget to enjoy the moment. Below, we will offer some reminders for how to truly make the most of this wonderful achievement.
Document It: It’s easier today than ever before to document important events. Gone are the days of buying film and having to lug cameras and video recorders to parties and special occasions. Today, we’re all carrying cameras in our pockets so there should be no shortage of images of your big day. Also, your school will provide the opportunity to purchase professional shots of your shining moment up there on the stage.
Prepare for It: You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t do little things like making sure their cap and gown fit properly before wearing it. Understanding the regalia and how to care for it is important in making sure you look great for your special day. Even though you’ll be tossing your cap in the air, you still need to make sure you wear it correctly. Since you know you’ll be well-documented, you need to look your best!
Invite People: Hearing your family and friends cheer when your name is announced and your diploma is presented to you is an exciting part of the graduation ceremony. Having people in the audience to cheer you on can help alleviate nerves and really give you a feeling of celebration and accomplishment. Not only that, but the people you invite will be honored that you thought of them. Including your friends and family in your graduation can make it that much more memorable.
Take a Souvenir: It can be easy to want to run off into your new life the second after graduation is over. But before you do, take a commencement booklet and don’t just toss your tassel off and forget about it. Having a few keepsakes from the ceremony will help you always remember your great achievement and will look great on your desk or hanging from your rearview mirror.
Celebrate It: Yes, it’s a common part of growing up, but graduating is still cause for celebration. You have endured years of schooling and hard work and you deserve all the lauds that come with that. Hopefully, you will have a party or go out to dinner with your family or, in whatever way you want to, celebrate the fact that you are moving into the next exciting phase of your life.
Take a Break: After graduation is said and done, it’s ok to take a break. Whether it’s high school, college, or grad school, it’s been a long journey and you’re probably tired. Giving yourself time to regroup and recharge is healthy and well-deserved. It will give you an opportunity to reflect on your accomplishment and to prepare for your successful entry into the job force or the next level of your education or whatever you may have planned.
To all 2018 graduates, congratulations and enjoy this amazing achievement!
Written by Phil Lane
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