Friday Fun — Wise Words for New Graduates

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: It’s graduation season. What words of wisdom would you offer this year’s crop of graduates?


Lisa J. Jackson
Lisa J. Jackson
: “Start figuring out what you want to do with your life (if you don’t have any ideas on that yet!)” I actually know a teen who is graduating high school next weekend. My words for her are: “Please get a job and start saving money.” And “find something to do besides sleep.” There’s a severe lack of interest in having to work toward anything when it’s easier to just have it handed over.



Susan Nye: My niece graduates from high school tonight and I covered this very topic earlier this week on my blog . While many things come to mind, if I had to choose just one … I’d say be bold, even fearless. Courage is all about making difficult choices and following through. Choose a life filled with love, value and integrity. Try new things and take chances. Not crazy, stupid risks but difficult decisions that are grounded by intelligence, experience and understanding and then taken with a leap of faith.


dll2013_124x186Deborah Lee Luskin: My youngest graduated from college last month. To her and her cohort I say, “Commence! Now that you’re out of school, let your education begin! Keep learning.”





headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace: My daughter is ten years old and a few years away from any kind of milestone graduation, but looking at her and the life that stretches out before her, I’d say that my best advice is to never take anything for granted. By that I mean two things:

First, learn to appreciate everything you have – each moment, each friend, each opportunity. Don’t take your own skills and gifts for granted.   They are more special than you know. Don’t overlook the beauty and magic of the little things, the ordinary things. Drink deep and savor this life. Small kindnesses and joys should never be undervalued.

Second, never let your assumptions become your prison. Life is full of all kinds of possibilities. The good stuff happens at the edges. Push the boundaries. Don’t settle. Never believe that there is only one way to do anything. Never let anyone tell you anything is impossible. There is always a way. There is always another option. To let my inner geek out for a moment, “There is no spoon.” You are in charge of making the life you want – the life of your dreams. Don’t squander that opportunity. Don’t take your own power for granted. As Susan said, be bold. Be courageous. And, above all, have fun. Our time on this mortal coil is short. Make the most of it so that when it’s your time to head off to new horizons, you can leave with no regrets.

7 thoughts on “Friday Fun — Wise Words for New Graduates

  1. My advice to my great niece, who graduated from high school was to:

    Follow your heart, listen to that voice inside of you. The one that no one else can hear, be true to it and it will guide you. Love and Believe in YOU, for ultimately it comes down to you. YOU are the best YOU have!

  2. Having graduated from college two years ago, I’d say:
    Don’t feel pressured to have it all figured out right now. When people say you have your whole life ahead of you, you’re right. With that in mind, be open to every opportunity and experience, and keep growing and learning. There is no excuse for not trying anything you dream of doing. The least that can happen is that you’ll achieve a slightly less perfect version of what you intended. You have the power to create the life you want, and to keep on reinventing it as many times as you wish. The worst mistake you can make is to do absolutely nothing.

  3. “Never let your assumptions become your prison.” Good advice for any age and situation. And don’t let other people’s assumptions limit what you believe is possible. 🙂 Great post!

  4. My advice to any young graduate is this:

    “A job is a means of self-expression and an opportunity to earn a living. There is dignity in being self-reliant and minding your own business. However, a job is a job is a job. Think about the big picture. You may have temporary jobs at some point, jobs you love or jobs you hate but always keep sight of your goals and pursue them deliberately because they determine your destination.” -Jolaoluwa Adewale. (I am quoting me…lol).

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