A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants if they had any advice for area high school graduates. Here are some responses:
“Get to work. On time. Every day. There will be a lot of people counting on you to do this. … You owe it to these folks as well as to yourself to be there when you are supposed to be there. You will win some; you will lose some; and some will be rained out. But you have to suit up for all of them.” — R. L. Render, Clovis
“My advice is to go to a university or college to finish your education, then get a good job before you get married and have children. Once you are married with babies, it is very difficult to finish your education. I know your parents are telling you the same thing, so listen to them and respect them. … They know what is best for you.” — Ardyth Elms, Clovis
“Listen to the people and abide by their wishes if you enter politics. Otherwise, do your own thing and make your mark in the world. … Learn as you go, listen to your elders, but don’t necessarily follow their advice — be your own person.” — Gerald “Ski” Majewski, Clovis
“The best advice I could give the new graduates is to set yourself realistic goals (if you haven’t yet) and pursue them. You can set small or large goals, whatever you’re more comfortable with. … Be willing to take chances. Life will be full of obstacles and you will get through them if you apply yourself. … Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” — Steve Deleon, Clovis
“Have a talk with yourself. Set your goals and then do your very best to achieve them. A good education is of most importance.” — James McDonald, Clovis
“Don’t acquire a spouse, child, or new car before you turn 30. Regardless of how smart you think you are, you can’t afford it. Go to college or join the military within three months. You will quickly become a loser if you wait longer than that. Avoid relationships longer than 30 days and television for your first four years. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish without those distractions. Above all else, you should vote in every election you can. You really should care who makes laws and who runs this country.” — Richard Lopes, Clovis
“Thirty years ago this month I graduated from Clovis High; on May 9, I graduated from Clovis Community College — finally. The whole point is for you not to delay college. Clovis has some fine schools to choose from — pick one and attend now, so you can see where you are going instead of, like my case, where you have been.” — Raymond Atchley, Clovis
“I would like the grads of today to realize they are no longer children. Their future depends on their making sound decisions. Get an education if the profession you are wanting requires it.
Don’t feel like lesser of a person if college isn’t the path you take. There are many professions that do not require more education. But all jobs do require additional training. Remember to treat everyone with respect. Don’t expect respect, earn it. The world doesn’t owe you anything; you do however owe the world something. Be a productive member of your community.” — Jim Sitterly, Clovis
“My advice for the seniors is to have faith, trust in God and be honest to yourself and others around you.” — Mearl Thomas, Clovis
“The best word of advice I can give the young graduates of today is don’t stop at just graduating high school, continue on to college. High school is only a stepping stone.
In today’s world, a bachelor’s degree has become the minimum for a decent job, and even then the competition is fierce. Whether you decide to become a firefighter, nurse, computer programmer, or whatever, decide on a goal and stick with it, for life is way too short.” — Mike Williams, Clovis
“Be respectful to everyone you meet. Have a positive attitude. Work hard. Worship regularly. Above all, hug your parents.” — Bill Gaedke