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All Around Wise: Enjoy the next chapter, lessons grads

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
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Over the past three days, the Messenger staff has been toiling away to put the finishing touches on the 2019 Graduation section.

The section always produces a bit of stress due to the tight deadlines from the release of the names of the valedictorians and salutatorians and getting the issue to the press in time for the first graduation.

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But once we get into the stories, it’s impressive, as the astute Austin Jackson pointed out this morning: “how squared away these kids are.”

As many of us five, 10 and even 20 years removed from college are still trying to figure out what to do with our lives, many of these 17- and 18-year-olds have their futures pretty well lined out to become nurses, physician assistants, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and professors.

While our section highlights the top graduates, we know there’s many other impressive members of the Class of 2019 that will start walking across the stage to receive their diplomas next week.

Some will be first-generation high school graduates. They may have overcome learning a new language or faced a number of obstacles along the way.

Many are heading to college to continue their studies. Some will dive directly into a career. There are a few that are heading off to the military to serve the nation.

No matter the path ahead or the winding journey to get here, enjoy the ride and don’t forget to celebrate the victories along the way.

Speaking from a little experience, there will be setbacks, frustrations and many days that will leave you questioning yourself and decisions. But even those days should be celebrated and viewed as learning opportunities.

As the sign in my office reads: “There are no problems; only opportunities.”

And perhaps, the best advice that I can offer is never stop learning and looking for new lessons.

Congratulations to the many graduates in the Class of 2019. We wish you the best of luck. Don’t make us look too bad as we try to figure out what to do with our lives.

Richard Greene is the editor of the Messenger.

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