This weekend was high school graduation weekend in my area. There were parties on almost every street. Congratulations! Is it me, or do these events seem much less dramatic and rowdy than they did when I graduated? The drama must be very well hidden.
Here is what I learned from being a writer about what happens after graduation:
1- Keeping a journal is probably a good thing, but don't be surprised if you want to burn it someday.
2- Take some college classes in something you like. My parents really pushed me to be a business major and were disappointed when I majored in English. They thought I'd never make a living. But I've had some interesting jobs, and even jobs that paid pretty well. It's better to get through school learning about what you love than to drop out.
3- Read this summer a lot. Because whether you're going on to college or not, life tends to get very hectic in the fall.
4- If you're living at home, you're going to hate living at home. If you're living away from home, you're going to hate that, too. Be patient with yourself. If necessary, journal and burn.
5- Try something you've never tried before. I'm still telling myself that. We don't know what we can do until we try, and every time we try something new, we learn.
6- I don't know what the end goal is, but you'll probably get the kind of life you work for.
Happy Graduation seniors and parents of seniors! Enjoy your summer!
-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages