Holly Richardson: Some advice for 38,000 graduates

First Published      Last Updated May 19 2017 07:57 pm

This week, more than 38,000 Utah teens will graduate from high school. Our family has one of those almost-grads and we will be sitting in the Marriott Center on Brigham Young University's campus on Thursday, ready to cheer when his name is called. He and his fellow graduates will listen to speeches they won't remember, switch their tassels to the other side and try to make their walk across the stage stand out in some way.

If you're one of those 38,000, I've got some advice for you:

1. Be flexible! Twenty years ago, social media did not exist, let alone careers focused on social media. Twenty years from now, new professions will exist. Learn how to learn, be willing to adapt and you'll be just fine.

2. Be a leader.

3. Pay attention to and be involved in politics. There's an old adage that says "You may not take an interest in politics, but it has an interest in you." Know what's going on.

4. Life is all about relationships. Make an effort to develop and maintain healthy, supportive relationships.

5. Give back now. Don't wait for "someday." Make service an integral part of your life.

6. Don't stay in toxic relationships – friendships, dating, even work. It's not worth it.

7. Spend time outside, without electronics. Hiking, camping, the beach, our national parks – there are a zillion possibilities.

8. Learn to follow your gut.

9. Love yourself. Whole-heartedly, unabashedly. You are wonderful!

10. STAY AWAY FROM PORN. Seriously. Just don't.

11. Be happy for other's successes – they do not detract from your own!

12. Some things are not worth doing. Some aren't worth doing well. Many are worth doing at 100 percent. Know the difference.

13. It's OK to say no. And when someone says no to you, respect that.

14. Never, ever be a bully.

15. If you see something happening you know is wrong, speak up!

16. Try things that interest you! There are so many possibilities!

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