To the graduating class of 2009

Enjoy your next steps, whether it is college or a first job - these are the experiences that continue to mold you into the adult you will become. Have fun because the entire rest of your life will be there for responsibility - do the things you HAVE to do but make sure you have fun in the process.

1. Go to college. I know it isn't for everyone but the people you meet, the things you learn and the experiences you have are all things no one can ever take away from you.

2. Travel. Go to a foreign country, state or EVEN city! It is important to see how other people live and learn about their culture. It will give you a greater understanding of your own and a better appreciation for the people around you.

3. Fall in love. It is the most wonderful feeling. It too, will change you forever.

4. Learn from your experiences. You are no better off for having experiences if you don't take the opportunity to learn from them. For better or for worse.

5. Make mistakes - that is the only way to get better judgment.

6. Be kind, caring and compassionate as much as possible. You never know when you will need to have those things in return.

7. Recycle! We need this earth for years to come and it is our responsibility to take care of it.

8. Read books - you don't want to meet the love of your life, your new boss, or the President of the United States and not be able to carry on an intelligent conversation, right?

9. Enjoy the outdoors. A nice sunny, breezy fun day is just the "pick me up" you may need for motivation to do just about anything.

10. Cherish your family and friends. You will be going through a lot of changes in the coming years and they won't be around forever, so make sure you spend as much time with them as possible and always show them how much you care.

Party on!!

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