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Advice to Graduates From Graduates, By: Courtney Crites

May 11, 2023 03:13 PM
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Graduating is a major milestone, and it's a time for both some celebration and reflection. As you prepare to take the next step in your journey, it's important to remember that many people have walked this path before you (and with you), and they have valuable advice to share. Here are some words of wisdom from recent graduates that will help you navigate this exciting and sometimes overwhelming time:

"Take the time to embrace this change. Everything will be new - the people, surroundings, and the things you do, but take this time for yourself to reflect. Think thoroughly of your next steps and where you want to be in the next few years. In the meantime, hold confidence in yourself, and be positive. Everything will work out. Take a chance on yourself!" - Janhvi Tiwari

Janhvi's advice is all about embracing change and taking a chance on yourself. This is a time of major transitions, and it's important to take the time to reflect on your goals and aspirations. Think about where you want to be in the next few years, and don't be afraid to take risks to get there.

“Congratulations on graduation - it definitely is no easy feat and all your hard work deserves to be celebrated! While it is a very exciting time, it can also be a very intimidating time. Also as a recent grad, I can definitely understand the feelings of self-doubt and uncertainty about the future. When I get into these funks, I remind myself to keep things in perspective and that there will be so many opportunities and people who are rooting for my success. There’s no rush to be where we THINK we should be because everyday we grow. While it may not feel like it, we have so much time to develop into the person we aspire to be. Don’t be afraid to be seen trying, take up opportunities as they come and you never know where you may end up! You got this!” - Tina Lam

Tina's advice is all about keeping things in perspective and not being too hard on yourself. There will be ups and downs in your journey, but it's important to remember that you have a lot of people who are wishing for you to succeed. There’s no rush to get where you’re going, so don't be afraid to take risks and try new things - you never know where they might lead you.

“Congrats on graduating! This is one accomplishment of many and if I had to share some advice it would be to always celebrate your accomplishments no matter how big or small they may seem. Whether it’s landing an interview, the first day of a new job or celebrating a 10+ year work anniversary, always take time to reflect and be proud of all you have accomplished along the way to get where you are. Another piece of advice is to not be afraid of failure as you enter this new chapter. It's a natural part of the learning process and can help you grow and improve! Take care of yourself along the way. Prioritize your physical and mental health, get enough rest, and take breaks when you need them. Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup, so make sure to fill yourself up first!” - Emma Dobson 

Emma's advice is all about celebrating your accomplishments and not being afraid of failure. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind, but it's important to take a step back and reflect on all that you have accomplished. And when it comes to failure, remember that it's a natural part of the learning process, and that your biggest priority should be taking care of yourself. 

"My best piece of advice is to be open to change - graduating from post-secondary comes with many mixed emotions. I saw school as my safety net, each year I would repeat two semesters with five classes and I was used to the routine. After graduating you realize you need to adjust to change whether it’s starting your career, or pursuing another term of education. Secondly, make connections - networking with your peers, family, friends after graduation is so important. Oftentimes it will help you land the next step in your career. Lastly, keep pursuing your dreams and do what you feel is best for you. While you are still young it is okay to try out new jobs, enroll in continuing education to grow your passion, try out online courses, be a better version of yourself and keep moving forward."  - Lauren Nigro

Lauren's advice is all about being open to change. Graduating can be a big adjustment, and it's important to be flexible and adaptable. Whether you're starting a new job, pursuing further education, or exploring different career paths, be open to new experiences and opportunities. Building connections with people in your field can be incredibly valuable when it comes to finding new opportunities and advancing your career. Don't be afraid to reach out to people you admire or to attend networking events. Ultimately, this is a time to explore new opportunities, try new things, and take risks. 

“Congratulations on graduating! This is an exciting time filled with new possibilities and opportunities. As a recent graduate myself, I understand how daunting it can be to navigate the post-graduation world. First and foremost, don't be too hard on yourself. Graduating is a major accomplishment, and you should be proud of yourself for making it this far. It's okay if you don't have everything figured out yet. Secondly, be open to new experiences. This is a time to try new things, meet new people, and step out of your comfort zone - you never know what opportunities may come your way. Lastly, remember to take care of yourself. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of post-grad life, but it's important to make time for yourself and the people you care about. Remember, you've got this! Graduating is just the beginning, and there are so many exciting things ahead.” - Courtney Crites

My advice is all about taking pride in your accomplishment and not to be too hard on yourself if you haven’t figured everything out yet (I know I haven’t). You should embrace new experiences and opportunities and realize how many exciting possibilities are ahead. Focus on enjoying this new phase of life, and smile knowing you can look back on your post-secondary experience with fond memories.

Remember, as a recent graduate, you have accomplished so much already. And with the right mindset, attitude, and work ethic, you can accomplish even more in the years to come. So take these words of wisdom to heart, and keep pushing forward! Congratulations!