Sometimes on Tuesdays I join up with Carol Knits Ten on Tuesday. Today she wants us to list Ten Things You Would Say if You Gave a Commencement Address.( I want to add that this is a college commencement ceremony I am speaking at)
- Congratulations. It wasn't easy to get through college. I am proud of each and everyone of you.
- Get a job! It probably won't be the one you spent the past four (or six, or eight) years studying for. But that is okay. You have to start somewhere.
- Pay Back your student loans. You are the one that benefited from them. Not your parents. Not the government. You! And you need to pay back the money. So others can be given the same chance. Don't expect someone to forgive the loans.
- Thank Mom and Dad. Thank them often. Thank them loudly. Thank them! You probably got some kind of help from them. So be appreciative.
- Remember that it might take years to get to the top of the ladder. To buy the best house on the block. To drive the nicest car. You don't have to start at the top. You have to earn your way to the top.
- Give Back. Help with a charity. Join the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. There are a lot of kids out there that aren't given the same privileges as you. So give back! Pay it forward. Be thankful.
- Have fun in life. But remember you aren't a college kid anymore. Time to act like an adult. If you act like one you will be treated like one! Life is short. Don't make it shorter by drinking and driving, chugging, (or whatever it is called now), acting crazy and foolish. Leave that behind and join the adult world. Set an example.
- Only buy what you can afford to buy. Don't use credit cards. They will lead you down an ugly road. I know from experience.
- Mom and Dad still know what they are talking about. It is okay to ask for their advice. But ultimately what you do with your life is up to you.
- All eyes are now on you. Go out and make the world a better place.
Maybe some of my advice sounds a bit tough. Maybe even harsh to some. I am a firm believer in helping kids through college. I don't believe in paying their way. They need to earn it and appreciate the education they are getting. And once the schooling is over it is time to enter the adult world. What would your commencement remarks include? Do you believe parent owe their kids an education? Or do you believe kids should do as much as they can to help themselves?
Let's join Carole Knits and see what others are saying.