Requested by Kate

A note to the class of 2016

Thanks for the request @k8zinker Based on what I've learned in the 20 years since I graduated high school.
  1. For all grads:
  2. First good job! Congrats!
  3. Do what you love and have fun doing it!
    That goes for college majors, jobs, hobbies, vacations, etc. It's cliche, but it's what I've found to be best.
  4. For High School Grads:
  5. Go to class.
    I didn't and it just made college harder.
  6. Enjoy being away from home, but don't be horrible to your parents when you go home.
    I was and I regret those years. Plus they are giving you access to free laundry and this will become a major commodity in your life.
  7. Take some classes that don't have anything to do with a future career if you can.
    This is the best time to just learn about random things.
  8. For College Grads:
  9. It's ok if the first job you find is not your dream job. You can move on. This is the best time to do that.
    I will say, as a person who conducts a lot of interviews, just be prepared to answer questions about why you needed to move on. I never hold a resume with a lot of short term jobs against a candidate if there is a thoughtful explanation.
  10. Travel if you can
  11. Oh, and, you aren't going to use your college textbooks again. You can sell them, etc.
    Mine were in my mother's garage for 10+ years until she made me get rid of them.