Congratulations, new graduate! High school is behind you and your entire future is ahead of you. Sound a little overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be.
These simple but proven tips will keep you ahead of the game.
1. Don’t lose sight of your priorities and goals in life.
If you’ll be attending college, always remember why you wanted to go to college and what you hope to get out of it. Stay focused on that; if you get distracted, it’ll be harder for you to do well and accomplish what you set out to.
2. Everyone has those moments when they wonder why they should bother working so hard.
Everyone gets discouraged. Some people let those moments of discouragement dissuade them from continuing their goals. Don’t be one of those people. If you experience a moment of discouragement, remind yourself exactly why you are working so hard. What is your motivation? If you stay motivated, it’ll be much easier for you to succeed.
3. Don’t blow off class too many times or allow yourself to skip assignments because you’d rather sleep in or go to a party.
College is even more important than high school; it is where you have the most opportunities to forge your future. If you take those opportunities for granted, you will regret it later. Do your best work, and try your hardest. That doesn’t mean you need to constantly study, or let go of your social life- it just means to treat college as the amazing, life-building experience, opportunity, and privilege that it is. The better you do in college, the more likely you’ll be to be successful in life.
4. Open a savings account and save a little money each month.
It’s always better to have a little wiggle room when it comes to money. You don’t want to be living paycheck to paycheck, because you never know when there might be an emergency or something you really want to buy. If you save just a bit of your monthly income in a savings account, it will begin to add up and you’ll be building yourself a valuable safety net that will only grow bigger with time.
5. Make the most of your last summer before college.
This might be your last chance in a long time to simply go on vacation without worrying about a full-time job, or paying for rent, or other responsibilities. Hang out with your old high school friends, soak up the sun, and make this summer unforgettable!
6. Enjoy yourself!
Don’t treat college as an interminable chore that needs constant fretting and studying to get through. It is a time to work, but it’s also a time to meet a wider variety of people, do things you’ve never done before, and have a great time. College can be the best years of your life- make it happen! Keep a positive attitude, work hard, and play harder.