EDITORIAL: Life advice for 2017 grads

A couple of weeks ago, life changed forever for many kids in our coverage area.

Hundreds graduated from Hants East Rural High School, Hants North Rural High School, and Musquodoboit Rural High School, and after the summer months will embark on the next stage on their lives.

Even though this was arguably one of the toughest school years in recent history, the ceremonies and their accomplishments were special, just as always.

Now, it’s time to leap into the next part of life, whether it be university, community college, working, travelling, or whatever it is you choose to do.

Even though it feels like yesterday, it now marks 14 years since I walked across the stage at my own ceremony. Here are some tips I’d like to share for entering the real world.

Whatever you decide to do, do it to the best of your ability. Do your papers, give your all at your job, because at the end of the day, the sense of satisfaction you feel knowing you’ve done your best outweighs a lot of things.

But, don’t give it everything. Making your way when you first enter the world is tough. There’s a high demand out there and it’s easy to be swallowed in doing more than someone else, but you should know from day one that taking care of yourself is so important. You can’t give to others when you’re empty. You can’t pour from an empty cup, remember to work hard, but always keep yourself full.

Don’t rely on mom and dad. Sure, let them help, you can’t do it without them, but work on becoming independent.

Moisturize. Seriously. It’s one of my biggest regrets. Moisturize and apply sunscreen.

And lastly, have fun. Life is what you make it, so make it fun.

Abby Cameron

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Abby Cameron
Abby Cameron is the Editor of The Weekly Press and the Laker. She grew up in Shubenacadie and loves serving her home community. She has been with The Weekly Press for almost 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, coaching, and spending time with her partner and two dogs.