Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Older and Wiser: Advice from High School Grads

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Older and Wiser: Advice from High School Grads

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"The advice I would give to high school students is the same as I give my granddaughters in high school. Join clubs, sports, newspaper, etc. Become involved in at least one after-school activity. Meet as many new people as you can. Volunteer for anything that interests you. Look at opportunities that are different than what you are comfortable with. Go out of your comfort zone. This is the time of your life you will look back on fondly or with regret, don't let it be the regrets you remember."

-RUTH SAUNDERS, 68, owner/publisher of the Family & Kids Director/Plymouth High School, Plymouth, Wis., '58

"Pay close attention to your GPA from the minute you walk in the door!! Each year, your classes will grow increasingly more difficult so it is best to make sure your GPA is strong in the beginning, in case something gives you a little trouble later on. It is never a good idea to wait until the end of high school to try and repair any academic mistakes. If you think of it as an insurance policy, you will be breathing much easier when you begin to fill out your college applications. Also remember to have fun, and make your family and yourself as proud as possible!"

- JULIE JENKINS, 55, teacher/Plantation High School, Plantation, '72

"If you can dream it, you can achieve it." This is the message I delivered as class president at the 1986 Andrew Jackson graduation. I have always lived by this motto and based on friends I have reconnected with from high school, they are living it, too. Through college, parenthood and now my own children working hard in school, I always repeat this mantra. Enjoy the Glory Days!"

- TAMMY McWILLIAMS, 41, self-employed/ Andrew Jackson High School, Jacksonville, '86

"To the future leaders of tomorrow: This is a pivotal moment in your life where you transition from familiar territory to something totally foreign to you. High school may seem a bit scary at first. But, embrace the change and accept each new opportunity willingly and acceptingly. You will look back and remark that these years were the most instrumental and influential years of your life. Most importantly, I would like to wish the class of 2013, 'Good luck in whatever you do! …

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