Tips for grads

High school ended last week for hundreds of Milford students who will now begin their trek out into the world and life.

As is tradition for the local newspaper, we offer this year’s graduates — the class of 2013 — some words of wisdom, thoughts to ponder, and mistakes to try to avoid.

On mistakes.

Poor choices or actions may turn into mistakes, but these can be learning experiences, too. Don’t focus overly much on them. Just make a mental note to avoid the same mistake tomorrow. You are going to grow as much from your mistakes as you do from your accomplishments.

Ringing up credit card debt beyond your ability to pay is clearly a mistake that can prove a painful lesson. Avoid that one.

Thoughts to ponder.

There are many different kinds of cheese in the world, and some people haven’t tried more than Land O’Lakes white from the deli counter. There’s blue cheese, some aged more than others; there’s Dubliner, a delicious Irish cheese; Old Croc, a fine cheddar; brie that goes great melted on a toasted baguette; and there’s goat cheese when served with sliced beets is nothing less than divine.

Don’t forget to sample life’s various cheeses.

Life passes quickly, and seems to speed up as we age. Soon, time will start flying by more quickly than it did in high school English class when you were wading through Shakespeare or The Odyssey. So remember to value the time at hand. Realize, too, that Shakespeare and other art forms endured in high school sometimes become more appealing with age.

Words of wisdom.

The old ones are timeless, and they can often be heard spilling from the mouths of parents and grandparents.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, hold your tongue.

Do your best and if that falls short, well, you did your best. Praise yourself for that.

Always have a goal.

Milford has a fair number of residents who celebrated their 100th birthdays in the past few years. Their tips are amazingly similar. They attribute long life to happiness, and suggest people need to learn to be happy with what they have, and to not dwell on the things they want.

There are some modern-day words of wisdom that will not have come from the older generation but that are equally important:

Stay on top of advances in technology, especially where communication is concerned. Don’t make light of the importance of social media and the need to understand its role in the future. Don’t be afraid of technological advances; don’t let yourself fall behind them.

Typing and keyboarding today are yesterday’s hand-writing. You may not need to have perfect cursive, but you should be an adequate typist.

Use social media to stay in touch with family and friends. Even a word here and there keeps you connected and prevents old friendships and relationships from disappearing completely.

Read the newspaper. Follow local, state and world news online and through other media outlets. Stay in touch with the world, because with today’s instant communication methods, the world is getting smaller, and actions and trends that start far away are in many ways taking place in your own backyard.