Just a Thought
By Michelle Sanford Staff Reporter/Columnist
June 01, 2012
Not long after being hired to write for The Town Crier, I was asked to cover the graduations at both Nipmuc Regional High School and Blackstone Valley Tech.; that was four years ago. It occurred to me that many of the students from those high school graduating classes have just recently graduated from college and are now preparing to enter another phase of their life—the real world.
Ah, the real world; that terrible place where one is expected to do the responsible thing now. The second after receiving that diploma you are no longer considered a student but are now a full-fledged adult. This is the part where you now work full time for possibly the rest of your life and start paying off those student loans. The world of flip flops, jeans, and tee-shirts will now be replaced with a suit and tie or a much more respectable wardrobe. The day begins at 6 a.m. and not at 11 a.m.; the time when your first class used to start.
So as the most recent college graduates are about to take those first steps into the world of adulthood, here are a few words of advice.
First of all, listen to those who have come before you. That is, don't think you know everything—because you don't. Those who have already "been there and done that" can offer you some significant words of wisdom when it comes to your career and future. So be sure to listen to their advice. And if it pays off, listen to them some more.
Save! If you have the opportunity (and I do mean opportunity) to move back in with your parents—by all means, take this time to save every penny you can. Never in your life again will you have the ability to put away funds from your paycheck that won't go toward a large mortgage payment, daycare, and grocery bills.
Take with you not only the academics you have learned in college but also the life lessons you have realized. It is in college where you have likely received the best education as to who you are. Always stand up for what you believe in but also allow and respect differences, as those differences from others will emerge now more than ever.
The majority of college graduates will not come out of four years of school and fall right into their dream job. Even after receiving their diploma, some still may not be certain about the path they're supposed to take. But don't fret. Just be responsible. Be productive. Be motivated. Life has a way of figuring the rest out for you.