If you’ve tried to check into a hotel anywhere near a college town lately, you know that graduation season is in full swing. Pomp and circumstance abound, and if you never got a chance to don the revered cap and gown, you might feel like you missed out.
Is graduation season reigniting your own personal feelings of having studied and stopped? If so, use the experience as a catalyst to begin again. Here’s how, graduation-style…
Keep family and friends all around. Wherever there are college grads, there are family and friends around to celebrate the success. That support network doesn’t magically appear at graduation. If you’re considering a back-to-school endeavor, enlist the support of your family and friends now. Let them know where you’re headed so they can be there for you every step of the way – from helping you manage your family while you’re studying to standing up and cheering for you when your name is called a few years down the road.
Do it with honor(s). Earning a college degree is a major accomplishment. And there are some who garner even higher recognition: cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. When you’re pursuing your college education, do it with honor(s). We’re talking about more than good grades here – pursuing honor means doing your best, going all in, giving it everything you’ve got. This no-holds-barred approach to your education translates into an achievement you can be proud of, no matter what special designations you get on graduation day.
Smile for the camera. We’re all smiles on graduation day, but everyone knows there’s a lot of hard work that leads up to that photo opportunity. Instead of waiting for commencement to enjoy life, celebrate your academic victories every day. Going back to school won’t be easy, but you’ll be more successful if you maintain a mental picture of where you want to be in a few years. Stay focused on your academic goals and smile, knowing you’ll get there soon.
Keep in mind that grads come in all seasons. Spring might be the most popular graduation season, but it’s certainly not the only one. Some schools offer ceremonies in the summer, winter, or all year round. Just because you’re not walking across the stage this spring (or even this year) doesn’t mean the time has passed for you to become a college graduate. It’s never too late for you to achieve your higher education dream.
Remember the meaning of commencement. Isn’t it interesting that the college graduation ceremony is called “commencement”? To commence is to begin, to start fresh. Grads have completed college, but they’re at the cusp of something new. In the same way, you can look at this season as your own commencement of sorts. It’s a time to look to the future and get a glimpse of all that’s in store. Let your college dreams commence!