Now, you are a graduate!
YAY! You did it. Yippie! Be proud of your huge accomplishment. Soak in all the newness of being a new grad because the glory days are officially over. Just Kidding.
Be positive, productive and pro-active
Never get so comfortable that you forget to keep yourself challenged. The famous quote “You’re not tired, you’re uninspired” fits perfectly. Be positive when things don’t go your way but be proactive in getting your goals back in line.
Now that you have finished undergrad it’s essential to appreciate what you accomplished. Don’t let the tremendous amount of “what now?” questions pressure you into anything. Ignore the pressure to satisfy peoples desires to hear about your grad school goals or your new fantastic job. I am here to tell you in the simplest way possible ignore the pressure and do you.
You are beautiful.
You are talented.
You are loved.
You are valued.
Never stop learning
Learn from your own mistakes. Don’t become overly critical of yourself or others. Learn to love the unknown. Learn to cultivate your passion. Learn compassion. Learn to accept that you can’t change or control everything. Learn to forgive. Learning is a lifelong journey.
Be open to change
Many of the best ideas won’t necessarily come from you. Listen deeply to all that is being said in every conversation around you. You may not agree, but there will be plenty of time to share your opinions or not share.
You never know who is going to be meaningful to you in the future; nothing is worth cutting someone off completely. Networking isn’t just about meeting as many people as you can, but genuinely building on those relationships. Every person you meet or engage with presents an opportunity.
Because we live in such a small world, it is hard but important not to burn bridges – no matter how tempted you might be (“the devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder”) You aren’t going to like everyone, and everyone isn’t going to like you.
But most important please BE PATIENT
Look to your future with great focus and untapped enthusiasm. Never lose this sense of awe; let it be your compass forward. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to have successes. But overall you’re going to be okay. There will be times when you feel misunderstood, alone, confused, and even unsure always know I am right by your side! I’ll forever run through the dark unknown just to make sure you have a lit pathway.