Graduation pays off for many seniors

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

An open letter to area high school graduates:
You’re being congratulated! Your photo is in the newspaper. You have made a great step in your life. You have graduated from high school.
But you have also graduated to a new school. It may be college or some other school or it may be that you are a new student in the school of experience.
You should look forward to that. Whatever your plans may be, you have advanced. You have made progress.
And when you graduate, you celebrate. The cap and gown. Relatives give you money, presents. We all like that.
The diploma you worked so hard for – those will be, in the years to come – memories that you will treasure.
But also keep in mind those other memories. Memories of the other students and how you became a family of sorts. Memories of the men and women who were your teachers. People you should never forget.
Another thing you shouldn’t forget. You shouldn’t forget to learn. That’s why you were in school, to learn how to learn. And when you’re in your new school – whether it has walls or not – remember to keep learning.
Because you have a lot to learn as you grow up. And it will take a few years before you’re really grown up. You’ve been growing up since you arrived and you’re still not entirely grown up. Physically and mentally you have a way to go.
In the eyes of the law, many of you are still not an adult.
And remember your mom and dad may never believe you’re an adult. And if they haven’t already, they may start acting strange … they may start asking for rent money for “your” room… for you to contribute to the household budget. Or the gas budget.
Many of you already know what it’s like to have a job so that you’ll have your own spending money.
You’ve found out that parts of your life are a serious affair. You’ve got to recognize that. At the same time don’t forget the fun you had during your years in school – and continue to find joy in your new endeavors.
You’ll probably have to work – but pick work that you like to do, associate with people whose company you enjoy, and, very likely, many of them will be friends from your old school.
In brief, work hard, keep learning, and, as Gary Bolding has told graduating classes before you: “Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.”

Chelle Delaney is associate publisher of the Quay County Sun. She can be reached by calling 461-1952 or by emailing: chelle_delaney@link.freedom.com