A letter to graduates | Editorial

Every year a new batch of eager young adults stand on the threshold of adulthood. With a diploma in one hand and an iPhone in the other, they are prepared to take on the world.

A lot of resources have been invested in preparing you for this moment. You have what it takes to survive in this world, and you have the confidence that comes from pushing yourself. You earned money to go on school trips, performed on the community theater stage, competed in sports, took advanced placement exams, wrote music and produced videos. You participated in community projects here and abroad. You know about teamwork and fair play.

You also have resilience, something that you learned from living in this isolated place. All of your life here, you’ve seen how your community won’t say “no” when the chips are down.

Now, you’ve donned your cap and gown and earned a diploma. We asked our readers to offer some words of wisdom as you start this new chapter of your lives. Here is what they had to say.

• Surround yourself with people you admire.

• Don’t say no to adventure.

• Complete a small goal towards your dreams every day. Practice, and have faith in yourselves.

• Work hard and play harder.

• Unless there’s fire and brimstone in the sky, it’s never the end of the world.

• Help make the world a better place than you find it.

• Set your goals high, live your dreams, never settle, and never, ever think you’re not good enough.

• Don’t forget to use your ears. Listening is a great learning tool.

• Take good care of your body.

• Please remember that your integrity is the measure of your character and without integrity you are just another pretty face.

• All your biggest dreams and planning may not go as you foresee – it’s what you do and how you act when those “bumps in the road” happen that will forever define you.

• Above all else, do what you love. Success and failure offer equal opportunity. If you do what you love, success and failure are secondary because you loved doing it. Far better than succeeding, or worse, failing at something you hated doing. Live the life you love and love the life you live!

• Pay your bills FIRST! Save as much as possible and with what is left have a little fun once in a while. But remember, just because you WANT something does NOT mean you deserve to have it. Credit cards are for chumps – if not used wisely.