Five Pieces of Advice Every High School Graduate Should Get (originally by John Cheese)

The other day as I read the newest Cracked articles (as I have for almost two years now), I found this list that reveals five pieces of advice every high school graduate should hear. I think that it has a lot of good advice and I highly suggest you check out the article by John Cheese. Here are some of my added comments based on this article. 

5. Talk to your parents about bills - Make sure you and your parents (or whoever else is involved in helping to pay for your college expenses) have an understanding about who is paying for what. Also, if you do not have a bank account, it is probably a good idea to get one before you graduate high school so you can have experience using it and also you will have a place to put your graduation money you will recieve. Start budgeting your money and decide if you will need to get a job during the time you are at college. Look at different types of loans and decide which is best. When it comes to money and bills it is best to have a plan and not wait until the last minute.

4. Don't coast - It may seem like it would be okay to slack off a little bit after you have been accepted to your dream school, but this is a bad idea. The habit of coasting will continue once you have graduated and start college. It will be harded to build back your good study habits especially while dealing with the transition to college life. 

3. Celebrate your graduation and then immedietly move on - I know this sounds a little harsh but John Cheese makes a good point: 

"This is going to be your first valuable experience with huge, inefficient bureaucracies -- from the school itself, to the government's student aid programs, to your student loans. There is just a massive, ridiculous amount to sift through, and any of it can be delayed for weeks if you forget to check one box. So if you put it off, you are going to find out that you missed some  hidden deadline, and now you either have to wait another semester to enter college or start late, after key classes have filled up, and/or pay some fees (the first of many, many unexpected fees they'll stick you with, by the way). You'll also run into oddball grants that you do qualify for, but they're only available to the first 100 students who sign up for them. If you wait, you are guaranteed to be No. 101 in the application line. Colleges are like the knowledge mafia, minus the knee cappings and awesome food."

That sounds like an exagreration but there is more truth to it than you think. Although IU has many systems in place to make things easier during the transition into college, you as a student still must do a lot of the paper work and meet many deadlines. There is a lot to do to prepare for college from paperwork to packing and you need to use the summer before to spend time with friends AND get things done.

2. Don't base your education desicions around your friends - This is very important. Deciding on a college is a life changing decision. You must do what is best for yourself as a young adult preparing for the rest of your life and your friends must do the same for themselves. Different schools have different specialties, like IU has one of the best business schools in the country. If your dream involves studying business and your friend has always wanted to become an engineer, then you will probably want to go to IU and your friend will probably chose Purdue or Rose Hulman.  It will be okay. There is Skype and Facebook and texting and Instagram and every other social networking site to keep you guys connected. This advice is also important to keep in mind when selecting classes in college. Don't sign up for classes with friends just because it sounds fun. Take classes that truly interest you and will benefit you in your career. 

1. Brace yourself for the removal of authority - In college, there is no mom and dad to go home to after class. You are responsible for yourself and no one else is around to help. Your RA is really only there to make sure no one dies. There is a lot of learning done and college and some of it is not done in the classroom but on your own time doing laundry, cooking meals, and just learning to be an adult. 

About The Author
Emily SexsonJunior studying Communication & Culture
My name is Emily Sexson and I am on track to graduate in May 2014. My major is Communication & Culture with a minor in Psychology.  I am the President of NSSLHA (National Student Speech, Lanugage, & Hearing Association). I love being a student at IU and living in Bloomington. 
Fun Fact: My parents were married at Beck Chapel on campus (near the Union and Ballentine Hall) over 20 years ago!