Some helpful hints for graduating seniors

By Judy Brandon

I have been thinking about school days this past week and my K-12 school experience. Graduation was last week and many parents and members of extended family sat as they watched their seniors graduate.

Just possibly this question was on their minds: “Where have the years gone?”

In the fifties, I was a second grader at Meserve Elementary School in Kansas City, Kan. I, along with every other girl, was required to wear a dress to school. We also had to pin a clean handkerchief to our dress every day in case we needed it.

Childhood was simple. We spent our days coloring, singing, going to church and shopping Piggly Wiggly or Gibson’s and eating at the Silver Grill. We did not have to dial the first three numbers of our telephone number – just the last four would connect us to our family and friends.

The world is different now. Even though the world has changed since my school days, I would like to offer some advice to graduating seniors. This advice is as appropriate today as it was in my schools days:

• Lesson 1. Be kind. Being kind to people is very important. People who are sarcastic and critical of others and make fun of others are not smart people. The person you make fun of today may be just the person who is there to help you tomorrow. Be kind.

• Lesson 2. Listen to your parents. That sounds simple but it is good advice. I am still fortunate enough to have my mother living and I listen to her everyday. The older I get, the wiser she becomes. Parents can offer prudent advice and the perspective that comes with experience.

• Lesson 3. Love America and be thankful for your country.

Be thankful and respectful to adults. After all you are enjoying what you have because America was built on the efforts of all those that have gone before you. The best way to be thankful is to be a good citizen. That means “do unto others have you would have them do unto you.”

• Lesson 4: Trust in God. Sometimes when everything around me seems to be crumbling, I know that I can always depend upon God. Trust in God because He is more powerful, more all knowing, and wiser than you are.

Jeremiah wrote: “For I know the plans I have for you, I will bless you with a future filled with hope, a future of success, not of suffering.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

I have learned that even though the world is changing, I am secure and I have a purpose in life because I have family, friends, faith and a wonderful country for which I am thankful. Those four lessons are good for any age.

Judy Brandon is an instructor at Clovis Community College. Contact her at: