It’s that time of year where we pack extra tissues, readjust tassels, and buy tickets to sit in the most uncomfortable seats in the world to watch our graduating seniors take the next step towards their futures. Here is some advice from our team of experts here at AJ:
Chris Dunlap: 10 years from now, you probably won’t remember your SAT score, and which AP classes you took will start to get a little hazy. College is often your last best chance to explore widely – even if you want to be a physician, why not try an Anthropology class? Even if you want to go to law school, try Intro to Econ. Always been curious about the night skies but never had the time to study astronomy? Now you do.
Dipti Dedhia: Get to know your professors, go to office hours, speak up!
Jessica Embrey: The main thing I’d tell them is to hang in there through 2nd semester. It’s easy to lapse into senioritis, but it won’t help to lose all your good study habits and then have to start an even more challenging first year of college without them. Find a good balance between coasting and studying, if you can!
Peggy Anderson: Put yourself out there and say yes! You can try anything you want, and if you don’t like it, then don’t do it!
Andrew Schor: Learn to appreciate the value in those different from yourself. It’s easy to fall into groups of individuals with shared backgrounds, shared skills, or shared goals. These are helpful and important, but we have the most to learn from those we have the list in common with.
Dana Francis: Everyone you meet has something to teach you.