A couple of days ago, I visited my previous high school to be part of a panel of past graduates. Our previous gym teacher organizes this event every year to help students with post-secondary applications or more generally speaking, life after high school. I’ve been attending every year since she started the program to pass on lessons I learned throughout my undergrad experience. A little something I try to do to give back, considering I remember being in those students’ shoes confused about my next steps. Though this year, after reflecting on some aspects of the panel discussion, an important lesson ought to be emphasized. And that is being teachable.
There was a good range of past graduates, varying in where we are in our career or post-secondary education. I didn’t agree with some of what was said, but, of course, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions. Perhaps, I’m writing this blog post because some of the questions that we were asked only scratched the surface to what we learned/learning.
My undergrad experience was bumpy with a side order of some switches and shifts; definitely not what I planned on before going into my first year. What did help me was taking all of my experiences as part of the journey to figuring out what I want to do after graduation. It wasn’t just about getting the grades (though they are equally important); it was also about developing yourself into the person that you want to be when you grow up. Yes, not all of our plans needed to be determined right here, right now. BUT you can start seeking opportunities and identifying your interests; baby steps to building your foundation.
So to the high school kids preparing their application for post-secondary education/training, remember that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. We can all learn a little something from each other, places and situations. Be teachable. Just because you made it in university, does not mean you’ll stay in.
I decided to dress an upgraded version of my high school uniform look to pay homage to my high school days. I wore a lace shirt with a peter pan collar (matching cami inside), plaid grey and yellow jogger pants from Joe Fresh and my black Nine West almond toe booties.
What was the most important lesson you learned after graduating in high school? Leave a comment below and share with us!