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The Times
  • Allison B. Hudson: Congrats to all grads!

  • May is always a busy month with numerous graduations to attend, so I want to first congratulate each and every graduate from every school on a job well done! You did it! Graduations are a special time for everyone involved, and lots of teary moments begin, but it’s especially for high school and college graduates that the real life starts to kick in.

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  • May is always a busy month with numerous graduations to attend, so I want to first congratulate each and every graduate from every school on a job well done! You did it!
    Graduations are a special time for everyone involved, and lots of teary moments begin, but it’s especially for high school and college graduates that the real life starts to kick in.
    As you all begin your next step in life, remember things will be hard, but you have to continue to press on. Have fun and enjoy these times because once you get older, you will look back and remember the college years and high school years and find yourself reliving several moments in your head that you won’t get back. Trust me, old age begins to kick in.
    For the high school graduates who are transitioning to college, let me remind you of a few things:
    *Famous “freshmen 15.” Most likely all freshmen gain a few pounds due to extra freedom and just not eating right, so be mindful of this because it will sneak up on you.
    *Studying and time management. I cannot stress enough how important managing time will become for college –– you no longer have your teachers treating you like children; you have professors who will treat you like the adults that you are. Remember to study and always be prepared because college costs thousands of dollars, and you wouldn’t want to fail a class because you did not study and wasted either your parents’ money or your money.
    *Internships. I cannot stress enough how vital an internship in your field of study is –– THIS IS A MUST. It will put you ahead, and often times, the place where you intern may offer you a job.
    *Party time. College social life is one thing that will always exist. College parties will most likely happen every night, but that does not mean you have to attend. Be smart about this.
    *Best friends. You may keep some friends from high school, but college is where you will begin to meet your best friends for life. Take advantage of this opportunity. College brings people together of all walks of life, and once you graduate, you never know whom you could have made contacts with to help you in the career world.
    For the college grads:
    *With the job market the way it is, your dream job may not be available. But don’t get discouraged because there is a job out there for you. Remember patience is a virtue!
    *Nowadays, most college grads will begin receiving loan repayment options after six months –– please do not let your loans go into default. It will create problems with your credit, which you do not want.
    Page 2 of 2 - *Have a plan: You always want to move to the next step with some type of plan, whether it be a five-year or ten-year plan, but please create one and realize sometimes that plan may become altered.
    Congrats again to all graduates!

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