December 13, 2011

The Time Has Come - - Ready?

Oh my. It's here. Done with school, FOREVER. It didn't really hit me until I got all my grades this morning and sort of realized that I was disappointed to pass all my classes. Yes, I graduated with a GPA that earns me High Honors, but it's the end of an era that I really, really enjoyed. 

Next week is vacation time in New York City then Boston then back to work full-time. Is this the real world that everyone's been talking about? The real question is - am I ready?! Part of me feels ready, but another big part of me does not. 

I guess when I think back at my 16 years of schooling, I realize how much I have learned and how much life I have experienced. I was always kind of a nerd, and even though I got quite the rush from buying new pencils, erasers, and notebooks, it was all the lessons outside of the classroom that I will cherish the most. Through my interactions with teachers, friends, family, awkward moments, stressful times, and heartbreaking incidents, I grew up to be who I am now. While I'm sure that in the years to come I will have to rethink the important things I think I've learned, these are a few of the lessons I hold closest to my heart as a new (!!) graduate: 

Banana Cream Pie - - Example of #11
  1. No one will ever love you as much or as unconditionally as your family.
  2. Knowing how to work under pressure (aka procrastinate) is a good quality to have.
  3. Nothing is certain but change - cliche I know, but so true. Don't count on anything.
  4. You are always going to be most successful if you are doing something you love.
  5. Don't tell anyone you love them until you really mean it. It's not a word to be wasted.
  6. Get involved. Be active in your life. In school this is sports, student council, etc. In life, well, I'll keep you posted.  
  7. Don't take anything too seriously, even yourself.
  8. Organization is the most important tool.
  9. Don't burn bridges because you'll never know when you need to turn back.
  10. Believe in yourself even if nobody else does. If you find someone else that does, hold onto them.  
  11. Always enjoy the sweets that life has to offer.
What is the most important lesson you've learned so far in your life?