High school may be over for you all, and I’m sure you've been reflecting on what you've learned and experienced over these last four years, but please keep the following tips and lessons in mind as the next chapter begins:
Remember that even when we’re not at our personal best we can still do and be the best we can for the folks around us. You don’t have to be perfect to have a positive impact on someone.
Remember that when the going gets tough the tough just keep showing up - the going always gets easier. Remember that everything - good or bad - is temporary; don’t get too cocky on the highs and don’t give up on yourself on the lows.
Remember that your stress isn't meant to be taken out on other people. Too often we lash out at the wrong person or misplace where we put our foot down. Don’t feel sorry for yourself, don’t transfer negativity onto other people, and don’t make everything about you.
Remember that you’ll never regret something you didn't say or didn't post, and be careful not to say or do anything you can’t take back. Think about what you want to say before you say it. The first word or the last means nothing if it’s not thought through.
Remember to celebrate what you have instead of dwelling on what you don’t. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of jealousy or envy, but it’s a waste of time, energy, and emotion. Be thankful for what you have, prioritize and preserve what matters most to you, and never define yourself by what’s lacking.
Remember to be thoughtful. Life moves fast; it’s easy to get consumed with our own issues, deadlines, and aspirations and make everything in our lives part of one big “to do” list. Make time to do nice things for the people around you. make time to proofread something before turning it in. make time to make sure that “good enough” can’t be just a little bit better than it already is.
Remember to treat people how they want to be treated; don’t be too proud to say I’m sorry.
Remember to forgive; grudges are exhausting.
Remember to keep smiling; life's too short to spend it with a frown.
And we will forever remember our classmate, Jake Westbury; he will always be a part of this class of 2015. Jake taught us to remember that we’re a lot stronger together than we are alone. Many of us experienced the loss of a friend for the first time this year. but the sense of togetherness, community, and solidarity following such a loss reminded me of something that I forget from time to time - the people around us that we care about, that we love, and that are important to us need to know that we love them, that we care about them, and that they are important to us. I learned from this class, and I learned from Jake, that it’s never a bad time to tell someone that they mean a lot to you.
It’s been a pleasure to work and learn with the BVT class of 2015; thank you all for the experiences; good luck to everyone! Go Beavs!