Advice for South Jordan Graduating Seniors: Failure, Open Mind, Friends

As we enter the late spring period, high school seniors around the country are preparing for an event many have been anticipating a long time: Graduation! This is a vital step in a student's life, one that paves the way for next steps in many cases, and being prepared for both the event itself and what comes after is very important. 

At Summit Academy, we're happy to assist our South Jordan high school students in numerous ways to prepare them for this big day and the next steps, from assessments and testing programs to STEM programs and numerous other resources. What are some of the most important general tips we can offer to seniors who are getting set to graduate, whether they're planning on heading straight to college or are considering another route? This two-part blog series will go over a number of broad concepts we often recommend considering.

Be Ready to Fail

This may sound like a strange first tip to be giving out to seniors, but it's actually very important. In the real world, things don't always go according to plan. You may not get the job you want right away, or you may not do as well in college as you'd hoped. And that's okay!

What's important is that you learn from these setbacks and continue moving forward. Failing is not the end of the world, and in many cases, it can actually be a blessing in disguise. It allows you to learn more about yourself and figure out what you're truly passionate about.

So don't be afraid to take risks and put yourself out there. You may not succeed every time, but that's all part of the journey.

Keep an Open Mind

This ties in closely with the previous tip. It's important to keep an open mind about your future and what it may hold. There are so many different paths you can take after graduation, and it's important to explore all of your options before making any major decisions.

Be Careful in Your Friend Choices

This period of your life is one of the most important for making friends. The people you surround yourself with can have a major impact on your future, so it's important to choose wisely. Look for friends who share your values and who you can see yourself building a future with. These are the people who will support you through thick and thin and who will help you reach your goals.

This doesn't mean you have to be exclusionary; rather, it's important to be selective about who you let into your inner circle. Be especially wary of people who may try to take advantage of you or who may not have your best interests at heart.

For more advice we often provide to graduating high school seniors as they move to the next stage of their life, or to learn about any of our public charter high school services for South Jordan and other nearby students, speak to our staff at Summit Academy today.