Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Milestone is only beginning of adulthood

By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 3, 2013 at 1:03 a.m.

Summer is here, and the school year has drawn to a close. For many students, that means it's time to pack for vacation, enjoy some time off and check the summer reading lists for next year. But for others, this is the beginning of the next major step in their lives.

Schools across the Crossroads and Texas held their graduation ceremonies last week. And as each of these students walked across the stage and accepted their diplomas, they also moved forward in their journey toward adulthood. Every student who made it to graduation should be proud of their accomplishments up to this point. Some say this is just a stepping stone in their plans for the future, while some acknowledge this is a major accomplishment. We applaud all of these students for their efforts in reaching this point.

Now, it is time to look toward the future. Some students already plan to go on to college, whether that means staying in town to attend Victoria College or the University of Houston-Victoria or going to another school out of town. Others may not have a direction chosen yet or plan to find a place out in the working world.

Whatever the path students choose, we hope they take this opportunity to continue their education through whatever means is right for them. We realize not everyone will thrive in a college environment, but a high school diploma is rarely enough to help people earn a living in today's world. To find a career with enough pay to live comfortably, people often need some form of additional training or certification, whether they want to be a pharmacist, a nurse, a plant worker or even a hairdresser.

The truth is, even if graduates do not plan to go to college, their learning journey should not stop here. Every day, we have the chance to learn something new. We can either choose to take advantage of those opportunities and use that new knowledge to move forward or turn away and remain trapped in ignorance.

We encourage every graduate to begin looking for opportunities to move forward and keep their desire to learn alive. That hunger for knowledge can be a driving force that encourages you to keep working toward your goals, whether that is to become a nuclear physicist, a Hollywood makeup artist or to open your own business. Don't be afraid to push yourself and keep working. Yes, you will make mistakes, but that is not the end of your story. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward. Never give up.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2013. You've made it this far, and now your real journey begins.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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