A Letter to the Class of 2023

May 23, 2023

As the end of high school approaches, the excitement of the next chapter is often mixed with anxiety and uncertainty about what lies ahead. Graduating seniors are faced with the daunting task of making decisions about their future, such as choosing a college or trade school, deciding on a career path, and embarking on their own. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressure of making the "right" choices at such a young age, but it's important to remember that success is not determined by immediate decisions alone.  


You are allowed to change your mind! The pressure you may feel to make big life decisions all at once is overwhelming.  Keep in mind you are allowed to change your mind, you are allowed to make choices that are the most true for who you are in this moment-and that may change as you continue to grow and change. Be kind to yourself.


The transition from high school to post-secondary education or the workforce can be a challenging time for many people. One way to manage this is by slowing down and not feeling rushed to make all the important decisions at once. Graduating seniors should take the time to explore different options, seek guidance from mentors or counselors, and assess their own personal interests and strengths. Ask questions, research opportunities, talk to people. This can help you to make informed decisions that align with your passions and career goals.


Additionally, it's important to remember that career paths may not always follow a linear trajectory. Many people switch careers or industries multiple times throughout their working lives. It is essential to remain open to new opportunities, remain adaptable, and be willing to take risks.


Graduating seniors should take the time to understand what they want to achieve and plan accordingly. It is important to remember that no one should rush to define their entire future at the age of 18. Researching and exploring different options, seeking advice and mentorship, and remaining adaptable will provide a strong foundation for success in the future. Remember that your career paths won't always be linear, and it is essential to remain open to opportunity and change. Get to know new people, learn more about your own likes and dislikes, and trust yourself-you've got this! 


Congratulations to the Class of 2023! We're here to support you and cheer you on as you venture into the world!