Many schools have already held their graduation ceremonies and Columbia College’s graduation is coming up this weekend so I looked back at the last four years to supply you with tips to make it to your college graduation. The road is not easy and college can be an exhilarating but unnerving experience. Here are my five tips to help get you to your big day.
- YOU MUST PARTY – I know this sounds so wrong, but you must party. Partying is essential to the college experience. You’re grown, you’re free, have fun. Although we go to school to be educated and not to drink ourselves stupid, it is important to take it easy sometimes. So, please TURN IT UP. You’ll never be this young again.
- HAVE NO SQUARES IN YOUR CIRCLE – College is about communication often times and the last thing you need is a negative influence ruining what you came here for. A lot of people will drop out. A lot of people will leave. A lot of people will go down paths that you don’t want to go down. So stay focused and if they’re not with you for your growth, they’re not necessary. Remember-BIRDS OF A FEATHER, TEND TO FLOCK TOGETHER.
- DEADLINES – When something is “due”, it’s something you must “do”. Procrastination has hit us all, but in college you must fight this. There will be teachers and professors that will look out and give you time but you must not take them for granted. When you get into life after school, there will be much opportunity to “wait until tomorrow.” You don’t want to lose an opportunity because you didn’t do something you could have.
- HAVE A PLAN – Debt is real, problems are real, which means that life can get real. But go into college with a strategy. Plan your budget. Be on top of your financial aid, know how long you’re going to be here. Don’t just wing it! It will catch up to you in the long run. Trust me. Remember the 5 P’s: PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE.
- IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU – Who’s going to celebrate when it’s all over? You. Who’s going to get that job because they have a COLLEGE DEGREE? You! So who should put all the work into getting this degree and receiving these benefits? You. You’re an adult now so no one is going to hold your hand. You have to stand on your own two feet and put work into what you want. Remember that this is your experience so the only thing that can truly hold you back or push you forward is yourself.
With these pointers in mind, let me be the first to congratulate the Class of 2013.