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In Focus

I can’t believe school is done for the year. Time just flew by.

It may be summer vacation, but it will feel short lived as the newly graduated students prepare for the next chapter in their lives. For some it will be preparing for college and for others it might be choosing a job.

High school is supposed to be one of the most memorable times in your life, whether it was good or bad. College is a fresh start. You meet new people, discover new interests, and learn to work hard to attain your dreams, or decide on a new path.

It doesn’t matter what your social standing was in high school, you get to start over. Join a club, volunteer and make new friends. Some of you will move out and get to be on your own for the first time and be responsible for yourself. It’s both exciting and terrifying. No more curfews and you can stay out all weekend. Just remember to be safe, be aware of your surroundings and get out of a situation if you feel pressured and uncomfortable. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, but you will end up cramming for an exam at 2 a.m. You will probably skip a class, fret over the last $20 to your name for the week and have to figure out how you will survive.

Welcome to adulthood.

The next chapter of your life will help you figure out who you want to be. You may not have a major figured out and that’s fine. You have your entire life to figure that out. Maybe you found a job you like and wish to make a career of it, and that’s great. Maybe you are taking a year off before college, that’s awesome, too. Or maybe you finally get to pursue that career you’ve wanted since kindergarten. I’m happy for you.

I remember feeling pressured my senior year to figure out what I wanted to do and where to go. I ended up going post secondary full-time. I enjoyed it and wouldn’t change a thing, but when I graduated from the program I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. It was several years later I ended up taking a job that I would fall in love with that I never knew I wanted to do.

Whatever your plans are, just remember to breathe. Remember if you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always change it. Do what makes you happy.

Congratulations class of 2019, and I wish you all good luck in your future endeavours.

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