The paper robes are getting picked up, the class rings are being shined, and parents everywhere are cringing at the cost of college. Yes, it’s that time again. Graduation season is upon us.
Seems like only yesterday I was prepping for my graduation. This year, I will be going to (and currently planning) my 10-year reunion. It seems impossible that I have been out of high school for that long! Especially since the four years I spent there felt like a decade.
Looking back, there are a few things I wish I could tell my 18-year-old self:
“Stop eating Doritos and Dr. Pepper for lunch. You’re really going to piss off 20-year-old you.”
“In three years, you’ll be able to do a lot more with your cell phone than just play Snake.”
“Don’t worry if you didn’t understand The Matrix Reloaded. Nobody did.”
“Its okay if you don’t know any lyrics to a Nelly song. He doesn’t stick around too long.”
“Be nicer to your parents. They’re going to get you out of some sticky situations.”
“Also, don’t waste your money on a PDA. It’ll be compared to Zac Morris’s cell phone in a few years.”
“Keep your best friends close and your enemies at a far enough distance to where they can’t see who threw that rock.”
“Stop complaining about gas being $1.59. You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
“Break up with the guy you’re with and don’t date until 2010. Trust me; the guy you meet then is TOTES worth the wait.”
“Don’t EVER eat a Crunchwrap® from Taco Bell. It will be your undoing.”
“Try harder in college and don’t skip class just so you can watch Maury.”
“If you’re tempted to buy a velour track suit, just say no.”
And if I could give some advice for the soon-to-be graduates it would be this: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Save money. Don’t sleep during class. Sit on the front row. Try not to take out more student loans than you need. Find out what your passion is and make THAT your major. Ask for help. Don’t be a tool.