I know the purpose of this article is to provide advice to all students here at the Huntington School. However, I am going to take a different route and focus on one group of students, seniors. Being that time of year when school is winding down, students are ready for summer fun, staff need a break and seniors are eagerly plotting their escape into the real-world. I thought it fitting to provide them with a little advice before graduation. Your escape from high school will introduce you to a new uncharted world of unlimited opportunities and numerous unforeseen obstacles. The world is at your feet, all you have to do is cease the opportunity that lies before you. Understand that one day you will have the power to make a difference, so use it well. There is nothing you cannot do if you set your mind to it.
There is one thing you should do before setting out on your own to begin navigating that long journey called life. You need to stop and contemplate the people in your life. The people that provided you with guidance and knowledge, through good times and bad. The people that positively contributed to your life, no matter how small. Tell them thank you for everything they have done to help you along the way. Say thank you to your parents, friends and family members for contributing to your success.
Never accept failure as the only option. Strive to be a better person every day; even the smallest improvement to yourself can make a big difference in your life. Treat each day of your life as a learning experience. If you don’t learn or do something new every day, you have not lived life to the fullest.
I wish you all the best and good luck!