7 Tips For High School Graduates

7 Tips For High School Graduates

As you graduate high school and move on to your college life, here are a few tips to keep in mind along the way!
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As you graduate high school and move on to your college life, here are a few tips to keep in mind along the way!

1. Don't use your head as your planner.

Time management is a valuable skill when you're in college, but don't rely on your head to remember all your assignments and plans for the week. Invest in a planner to ensure that you get to all your classes and appointments on time!

2. Read & obey the syllabus.

Most professors will follow the syllabus as though it's the law, and they typically won't be too happy if you asked them a question that's addressed in the syllabus. So read it, live by it & you'll be fine.

3. It's OK to say no.

College is an exciting time to try new things and be involved with as many activities as you can, but don't overstretch yourself. It's alright to say no and not be balancing too much on your plate.

4. Find a friend to workout with.

The "Freshman-15" is very real. Find a friend to hold you accountable and enjoy working out with. Think of it as a social break that helps improve your health and academic performance!

5. Networking matters.

The networking connections you make will last you far past your college years and will have an influence over your future career life. Make sure to be intentional in the professional relationships you create throughout college because this skill will last you a lifetime.

6. Sometimes making relationships is just as important as your GPA.

As I mentioned above, networking will help benefit you in your career life, long after your college academic career is over. It's important to make relationships and connections with your professors in college because they will be the ones submitting your recommendation letters to your future employers. So sometimes, making the connection with your professor by asking for help and letting them know you care about the course can be a tad more important than the A- you received instead of that A.

7. Don't forget to unplug.

We live in a society that relies heavily on social media to maintain relationships, but the best way to be plugged in is to be unplugged. Be present in your friendships and the relationships you make in college and take a break from being on social media. The memories you create without the phone will be a lot more important than the texting conversation you had that same night.

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To My Future Students, This I Promise You

There is no fear when you choose love.
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I write this with a heavy heart. A heart that cannot even put into words the grief and sorrow that I am feeling for those that have lost their loved ones just because they attended school one day. It absolutely breaks me that one cannot go teach the next generation or get an education without having to fear for their lives. As a future educator, I know that I could easily give up on pursuing education so that I won't have to hug my loved ones extra tight before driving to school each day. But that is not what's going to happen. I am not going to give up on my students and the education that each of them deserve. I am not going to be scared and constantly worry. So for my future students, this one's for you.

What you will learn in my classroom will not just be about academics. You will learn social and emotional skills. You will learn what it's like to talk to others about how you are feeling and be fully aware of how much those around you care. I am not going to let you forget just how valuable each of you are. I know that social skills in the classroom will help each of you become better in tune with your mental health, so why not start on the elementary level. I know that right now, you are children. But one day, you will be old enough to purchase a gun or let your mental health take a toll on you. As you grow up, you will start to notice how hard life is, and how sometimes it can feel like fighting is not worth it. But you are loved and you are not alone. That is what I want to teach you, above anything else.

I know that I am not Superwoman. There is absolutely no way for me to prevent school shootings from happening. But I will fight for each and every one of you. I will give every piece of me and do what I can to keep you safe, smiling, and healthy. I am aware that I am one person and that I do not have all the answers. But earning your trust and getting to know every single one of you will be my very greatest goal.

You all are in my prayers already. Even thought I am still two years away from receiving my license to teach, I am already praying for protection and love for each student that enters my future classrooms. I do not want to imagine trying to hide a large number of you in a closet. But if something ever happens, I will be as prepared as one can be. Your young lives come before mine, no matter what.

I am thrilled to teach you about life and the world around you one day. You have no idea how passionate I am about my future career. News reports are not going to change that. I am praying for a change and looking towards hope for the future. But no matter what, I promise that I will not give up on you guys.

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Why I Chose To Not Graduate Early

I needed more time in college to develop my skills through internships, learn more about my future profession, and explore what I want to do after graduation.
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As the first semester of my junior year was underway and the time to schedule for spring semester came close, I decided to look at what remaining requirements I needed for my major and minor. I was shocked to find out that I was nearly done with all the requirements. I would be done with my major and minor after spring semester and would just need to take a couple of classes during the May semester to get my degree and graduate. While it would be great to graduate early and save money, something made me pause. I didn't feel ready to graduate. Not when it felt like I've barely completed college.

My original plan after figuring out whether to graduate early or find a way to meaningfully fill up my remaining year was to add a second minor. Even then, I would still be placed at graduating a semester early; while at first, I thought this might be a good idea, I started having second thoughts. What would I do with my apartment lease if I had to move somewhere else for a job? Was it really worth it to graduate at an "awkward" time? After much debate and stress, I decided to stay for a full fourth-year and add a second degree.

Some people would jump at the opportunity to graduate early; no classes, no tuition, total freedom into adulthood. I, however, didn't feel ready. Going to college has definitely helped me to grow up and learn about what life on my own would be like, I couldn't imagine graduating a whole year early and entering the workforce. I couldn't imagine trying to find a job with little experience and no clear-cut vision on my career path. Graduating early wouldn't have helped me, even if it did mean saving money; it just wasn't' the right choice for me. I needed more time in college to develop my skills through internships, learn more about my future profession, and explore what I want to do after graduation.

Adding a second major rather than graduating early is not something I regret at all. I chose to add my double major in journalism since I really enjoy writing. So far, I am enjoying all my courses and learning more about a field that ties closely with my other major, centered around public relations. Adding a second major has opened my eyes to more career paths I can take after graduation and makes me think that I may be interested in involving journalism to my post-grad life. While my decision to not graduate early might cost money, the experiences I'll gain will help to repay that debt and make it worth it.

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