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Editorial: Graduation advice from our crusty newsroom


It’s graduation season, that time of year when our valley’s seniors embark on a new life, whether it’s by attending college, getting a job, traveling, you name it.

Graduates also will be hearing a lot of advice over the next few months, so the news staff at The Aspen Times has chimed in with its own.

In no particular order, the following are some suggestions from Times staffers on how to tackle life in the post-high school world.

• “Pursue a major and career that trips your trigger. Don’t pursue a path just because someone else thinks it would be best for you. You’ve got the rest of your life to collect bad advice.” — Scott Condon, class of 1980, Osage (Iowa) High School

• “Don’t go to college. Believe it or not, there are more enjoyable, rewarding and even educational things you can do, and even if you live on the French Riviera for four years, it will cost less than four years of a private university. And think of all the people who became successful without attending college: LeBron James, Taylor Swift, Moses, George W. Bush.” — Stewart Oksenhorn, class of 1981, Livingston (N.J.) High School

• “Remember to have fun, and I don’t just mean by partying: Travel, find a new hobby, learn how to cook. Life’s about to get a whole lot busier than it was even in high school, and it’s important that you make time for yourself.” — Jill Beathard, class of 2007, Argyle (Texas) High School

• “Don’t go into journalism.” — Janet Urquhart, class of 1978, Muskego (Wis.) High School

• “Think hard and long before committing to four years of college. College does not mean a guaranteed future and might just be a precursor to a series of mediocre jobs. Go to work doing something you like, mooch off your family for a while, and save money. Consider starting a business in an area that sparks your passion, and be your own boss. The last thing you want to do is spend your life working for the man. Stay true to yourself.” — Andre Salvail, class of 1983, Loyola College Prep, Shreveport, La.

• “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.” — Dan Thomas, class of 1992, Blacksburg (Virginia) High School

• “Don’t forget your phone charger,” and “The times of greatest change are the times of greatest opportunity.” (advice by way of Emerson) — Dale Strode, class of 1969, Glenwood Springs High School

• “Don’t let success go to your head or failure go to your heart.” (The only meaningful thing I’ve ever read on Facebook.) — Rick Carroll, class of 1987, Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport, La.

• “Travel as often as you can and to as many places as you can. The things you will learn in the real world far outweigh — and are far more fun than — things you will learn in the classroom or sitting at a desk.” — Jeanne McGovern, class of 1986, Los Amigos High School, Fountain Valley, Calif.

• “If you’re not a lottery winner or a trust-funder, your high-minded liberal idealism will almost guarantee that you won’t get that house on Red Mountain you’ve had your eye on for the past four years.” — Evan Gibbard, class of 1997, Basalt High School