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June 2nd, 2013
03:51 PM ET

Advice for Grads

In our most recent Quick Poll, we asked high school seniors what their plans were after graduation.  Most of those who responded - about 67% - said they were headed to college or trade school.  About 28% said they were joining the military, and 5% were undecided.

Wherever they're headed, though, we'd like to know what advice you'd give to the Class of 2013.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. jamie

    what ever you do dont get a boring job that very repetitive everyday or do something you enjoy your student life is the best there is dont waste it either go traveling or become a freelance but dont end up doing boring or repetitive things in life.

    June 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • DQ

      I would think that everyone should go to college after they graduate so they can become successful

      June 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Jayce

      You should try to get a job that doesn't do the same thing every day. When you get a job it should be something exiting like traveling around the world. If you choose to be in the military but aren't that physical or don't like to violence, then try to become a medic so you can help in a way you feel comfortable.

      June 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  2. bayley

    CONGRATS<3 life is a roller coaster people out there will make fun of you but always rember your worth more than GOLD!!!!!! i hope you guys do great in collage and always remeber were your from!!!!

    June 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
  3. Hiroki

    Study hard, interact with as many people as possible, and share ideas. To live in this era of globalization, it is important to accept differences individuals have, and try to accept other ideas, then speak out your opinions.

    June 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
  4. Jayvin

    I hope u all know what you are doing because if you don't your not have a very bright future

    June 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Laines

      I hope u all know what you are doing because if you don't your not have a very bright future.
      you*, you're*, having*.

      My advice is not to take advice from people who can't even construct it. Of course you don't know what you're doing. You just finished high school. This is the time to figure it out before you do what other people told you was what you were supposed to be doing. The world doesn't owe you a bright future, regardless of how well you know what you're doing, and it will kick you down and treat you like your credentials were done in crayon sometimes. The only accurate advice to give to high school graduates is to get back up when the world knocks you down, because it will, repeatedly, and it will leave scars. Fight back, that's the only advice I could give that I truly believed was relevant. Every other comment sounds like it came from a guidance counselor who didn't know what else to tell you.

      July 21, 2013 at 12:40 am |
  5. Jayvin

    If u do not know u better of known that bye now u are already going to collage and if u don't know what to do that do not back down and be a lump on a couch all year

    June 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Collin

    Do something you love in life, even if you won't become the richest person doing it. If you LOVE your job, you never work a day in your life... Special Education Teacher

    June 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Hwi

    Hi. I'm S.Korean who is majoring in English. Whatever decisions you make, you should enjoy your choices. There’s an old saying in Korea. ‘Enjoy it unless you can avoid it’ isn’t it nice?

    June 2, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
    • Jennifer

      I'm also from S.Korea, and I know that saying. And that saying is pretty nice.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • macqueen

      I'm from s,Korea,too. I also know that saying. it's very nice

      July 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • sujin

      yes, me too.
      I am from S.Korea and I also know tat saying.

      August 8, 2013 at 7:16 am |
  8. Cameron

    Don't let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. You set your own limitations and boundaries. Also, get a job that you love because, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

    June 3, 2013 at 8:59 am |
  9. Lacy

    Just go out for a year and decide what you want to do! Explore possibility!

    June 3, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  10. Rylee

    The next ten years of your life are when you make your most important choices. Their lasting effect has the ability to change your life. Make sure you stay true to your self, never let someone change you, and girls, find someone decent to marry please. 🙂

    June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  11. Logan

    Never give up on following your dreams. Always aim for them.

    June 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  12. Jeffrey

    Don't give up and stop working after High School.

    June 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  13. Glorimari

    Don't give up on going to college.

    June 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  14. janay

    make sure you get a job and a Apartment i wish you good luck and dont let others put you down because your smart congratulations

    June 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  15. Jonathan

    For all students graduating from high school I wish you good luck. First, you should focus on your education and training. I think this because education can help you get a job.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Kira

    If you are going to collage dont focus on being popular or the parties. Focus on making the grade so you can get a good job when you get out of collage.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • K

      So true. When you get to college, they'll be plenty of things to distract you from the main purpose of being there. Maybe you will fit in right away, maybe it will be hard to make new friends, both of these situations can be a distraction. Please remember, that college transcript will open or shut doors for you. MAKE SURE that it is one that you would be proud to show. By looking at it, graduate school admissions offices or potential employers will know that you have certain qualities (determination, responsibility, focus, etc.) that will help you be successful. Make it a point to visit the Career Resource Center, the International Center, join organizations or volunteer in the community. Volunteering helps others and can help you get a job! Always ask yourself – Where do I want to be in 1 year, 2 years, 5 years? Hope this helps someone.

      July 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  17. Vicki

    I thank that the people should studed hard and be in callage and stay in callage. I think that insted of being a bump on the log for the school year. I think you should work a day in your life. I think that you should be a teacher in this school year.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
  18. Oasis Classroom

    Start saving for retirement as soon as you can. Life goes fast!

    June 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  19. jordan

    my advice would be to party for year then go out and get a part time job. while your in college try and get a apartment. then you should get a car in so u can have good transpiration.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  20. kyle

    I think they should become hobos and live of the land. The reason why is the world is to expensive and why waste your money when you can go get some thanks giving leftovers out of the garbage can. In my eyes it way more efficient and you can save your money for some new kicks.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  21. casiana

    You have made it this far, you should be very proud of yourself. Now as you end this chapter of your life, you are about to start a new one. I know this is scary and you feel like you are not going to make it. That is completely normal. Do whatever your passion is in life is. NEVER SAY NEVER!

    June 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    Do whatever you feel will have the best impact on your life.

    June 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  23. Molly

    I wish them the greatest of luck because if they have gotten so far they shouldn't give up. And those of you going to join they military, thank you!

    June 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  24. Jacob

    Use the money from your savings account if you can, get a minimum wage job to pay for your expenses, go to college, they have online courses or if you have time you can drive there, another options is to enter the military not only do they exercise and motivate you but they also pay you, sleep at a barracks and save money so you can start a family and accomplish your goals.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  25. Eliana

    Don't take a loan if you don't have to. Otherwise you will be in debt your whole life.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  26. Alyssa

    Develop close bonds with individuals who you believe could help you strive forward in your life. Set yourself a goal and go for it!

    June 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
  27. Arnob

    Graduation is only a concept. In real life everyday you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, then you'll make a difference.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  28. Steevens

    You did good but there is still a ways to go! Do what makes you happy and trust yourself.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  29. Sela

    Follow the path you want to follow and don't give up until you've reached that goal. You can do it!

    June 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  30. Joey

    Work hard, study hard, try hard! Then success should follow.

    June 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
  31. Joe

    Never give up on your goals and keep on believing in yourself!

    June 5, 2013 at 12:51 am |
  32. Colin

    Never give up on your goals and keep on believing in yourself!

    June 5, 2013 at 12:52 am |
  33. Tamir

    Stay on the path that you started on. Make friends and don't be shy to introduce yourself to others.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:22 am |
  34. Sidaro

    Do something that you love and never give up. If you fail always try again.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  35. Alyse

    I think that you should still do good keep your head in the game and do right. Don't get caught up in in bad get caught in the good. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2013 at 9:31 am |
  36. Laylani

    I think the high graduates shouldn't give up because a lot of people believe in you to become a hero and you inspire a lot of people including me you cant give up now you have to finish what you started people believe in you do what you got to do to achieve your goals ... 🙂

    June 5, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  37. Mark

    If you think your doing the right thing and do what need to do and stay in school
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  38. Tracey

    They worked their best in school and I want to say congrats on making it all the way to high school and I hope you go to college and reach your goal. Try your best and follow your dreams.:):)

    June 5, 2013 at 9:33 am |
  39. Avery

    Never stop looking forward to your dreams keep studing even thought it may be hard

    June 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  40. chris

    What ever you do never give up life will take you many places with lots of challenges. If you decide to go to college focus on your classes. If your undecided dont worry you will find something to do with your life.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  41. amber

    i think they should just try there hardest at everything they have and they should achieve their dreams and not go toward anything bad!

    June 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
  42. Tonio

    First You Should Think About School (College) Then Try To Get A Temporary Job To Pay For Some Of The Books, Go On From There

    June 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  43. Mo

    Do your best, work hard, but save time for family and friends!!! You started from the bottom now your here!!!

    June 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
  44. shaeleigh

    After you get through high school think about what career you want to enter, what college you want to go to, and solve the rest out yourself. Making your own choices isn't very easy. You went through the tough part with high school, now you need to face challenges with college and the rest of your life. College can be a tough choice to pick. Choose YOUR path and YOUR path alone. It doesn't matter what other people say about your education, it's your choice. Your path to life leads you to new beginnings. Stick to it if you want to.

    June 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  45. Anonymous

    I would like to say to always follow your dreams!!

    June 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
  46. Elizabeth

    I'm not too close to my graduation from high school, but I do think there is some advice that I can give. First of all, a person should work hard and do their best, no matter what a person decides to do this advice will help. In college it will prompt students to do their assignments, and in the military it could assist as well. Second, people need to think of others more. More people like to be around a person who takes interest in them rather than focuses on themselves. The skill to be able to be interested and to really care about others is what makes a good friend. I have a really good friend who I can talk to for hours, but she talks mostly about herself. Even when I tell her about things in my life, she always brings the conversation back to her. As good of a friend she is, it is hard to know that she doesn't really care about my life. My advice is to not be this person. My last piece of advice is to aim higher than seems possible and to show that people need to follow their own paths. Don't do things because others expect them, but do things that are going to be the right choice or something that will bring true happiness. Anything can happen; the potential to change the world on a large or small scale is in everyone. Don’t settle for anything less than the impossible.

    June 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  47. CJ

    Go to college! You've got your whole life ahead of you. College gives you more opportunities than anything else. Why not go for it?

    June 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  48. cb

    No matter what happens. No matter how stressful it is. Stay. In. School. Get THE degree. Never. Give. Up.

    June 19, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  49. Kim

    I'm sure you've heard this a million times, but it's the most important I think that grads should hear. In your life you will meet up with adversity. It's inevitable. The true test of your character is not in how many times you fail, but how many times you rise up from failure. You can and will get through almost anything.

    June 21, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  50. anae

    I'd say CONGRATS! Regardless if you’re off to school or stepping into the real world find a major/career that you will LOVE! Something that you don’t mind losing sleep over, that truly excites you. This is the only known path to success. Life is unexpected and college is an amazing time to learn and grow. Stay focused and true to your own desires. Good Luck, we’ll see you on the other side : ) !

    June 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  51. Alyssa

    A few pieces of advice, mostly financial, I learned as a first generation college student: 1) Minimize your loans, so you have less to pay back later. (Yes, I'm saying don't take student loan refunds if you don't need them!!) 2) Apply for scholarships! Just think of the hours it would take you to work to make that money. 3) Don't take out private student loans if possible. They're really difficult to consolidate.

    July 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • Alyssa

      One more thing.... Don't be discouraged if you don't have a definite plan for your future right now. Even some people who think they know what they are doing change their mind.

      Good luck!

      July 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
  52. Rachel

    Make smart financial decisions and you can't go wrong! I ended up getting my MA and having no debt. Sure I didn't go to an expensive prestigious private school, but now when I look around and see how my friends have 80k or more in debt and are worried all the time, I know I made the right decision! In the end it doesn't matter how famous your school was, just that you went to college and graduated and tried your best. Also, while your major may be important, it is more important that you enjoy the field of work associated with it so you can find a job that doesn't bore you to death when you get out. Your teachers in high school and college aren't always right, read everything for yourself, not just the assigned books, you might surprise yourself.

    July 10, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  53. Nan

    Do not borrow more to go to college than you can afford to pay back if you were working (and living at home to save the rent) at minimum wage for a year. For that matter, if you can, put off going to college for a year or two and go get some "real world" experience. You may have to take any job you can find – you don't have to like it, but you do have do do well in it. Eventually you can use it, if you watch for opportunities, to get something better. You will have setbacks, sometimes, and you may have to start completely over more than once. You are only "down and out" if you give up and stop trying. Try to travel a bit if you can – get a job somewhere else where you have to be completely dependent on yourself. You'll learn more from that than you will in a college any day. If you find something you really want to do that requires a college degree, go for it. If you don't really know what you want to do, don't waste the spot in college (and your one shot at financial aid) trying to figure it out. I've seen too many kids get degrees they realized in their senior year that were not going to get them where they wanted to go, but because of the way the system works, they were stuck with finishing them. Sort out where you want to go first, then take the steps to get there. The ladder may have many steps on it, but if you concentrate on the one in front of you, and then the next, you'll get there. Don't be surprised if the destination changes on the way to it. And remember, it's no sin to fail. It is to give up.

    July 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  54. Jojo

    1. Make sure you have a license and a car (major help in life), 2. If you choose to go to college, enjoy your time but also focus on school and extra curricular activities as well as having a job. It will help you learn how to manage time. 3. CHOOSE A MAJOR YOU REALLY ENJOY!!! 4. If you choose to not go to college, get a job, save, and travel to your heart's content!

    July 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  55. Mike

    Internships, internships, job experience, and more internships. Networking... A LOT. Volunteer. Get more experience.

    When you proceed to apply for jobs post-college graduation, you won't be talking about what you learned in your classes during interviews - you'll be talking about real-world experiences you went through during your internships. And if you're not talking about your internship experiences, you'll probably lose out on the job to someone who did have internship experience.

    July 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  56. Spencer

    After teaching in a major metropolitan school district for nine years, I have this advice. Show up to work on time and maybe you will be able to keep your job. This isn't high school anymore.

    August 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  57. Kevin

    If you can, try to travel to another country abroad. I took 2 years off from school to work full-time and saved up my pennies to go to Japan. Japanese is a tough language to learn (especially the kanji!), but it's rewarding when you can communicate in another tongue. Not only that, but world travel is an education in itself. I traveled to Tokyo alone and relied on what I knew to get by. It's been two months since I've been back and boy do I feel like a different person! Now I await my first day of class 😀

    August 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  58. Morris

    Your time on this earth is short. Your time in Eternity will be long. What you do on earth determines how pleasant/unpleasant your stay in Eternity will be. Act accordingly.

    August 14, 2013 at 11:57 am |