Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock was the commencement speaker at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans on Monday, according to The Wrap. In less than four minutes, she delivered some sage advice meant for high school graduates that may be applied to the college-bound and their parents, too.
The following eight pointers came from a simple question that she said in her speech, “if you could go back and talk to your younger self, what would you say?” They are based on what she wished someone had said to her and what she tells her four-year old son, reported The Wrap. They are worth considering by students and parents for life tips in general and the college process in particular. To watch Sandra Bullock share her wise words, click here for the video on The Wrap's site.
Stop worrying so much. So much time is wasted on worries that won’t be memorable in the long run. It is more useful to focus on setting goals, forming a plan and working to achieve them. Dismiss fears of the unknown and go boldly towards maximizing preparation for college and the college opportunity.
Raise the bar higher. Consider failure as a chance to achieve something better. See it as inspiration to work harder in college prep and beyond personal self-imposed limits. When new goals are reached, like earning a college diploma, they become memorable life moments.
Dance a little bit before you step out into the world because it changes the way you walk. Attitude influences perception, inspiration and performance. It’s important to feel ready to tackle challenges and enjoy getting one step closer to achieving college dreams.
Eat something green everyday with every meal. Avoiding the Freshman 15 is easier when eating healthy has become routine. It also may ward off illness and disease. Spending time in the college infirmary rather than going to class or the football game is no fun.
Do not pick your nose in public. Humiliation is not fun. With a little forethought, it can be avoided. Making an effort and thinking ahead will help make life easier before, during and after college.
Hug back with two arms. It’s okay to acknowledge needing help because it takes a village to get into and succeed in college, career and personal life. Everyone leans on someone sometimes. Find the right mentors for admission test preparation, academics and other college prep activities.
If someone doesn’t want to play with you, it’s okay. Not everyone gets accepted into the programs, jobs, or colleges they seek. Rejection is part of life. Concentrate on finding those that will appreciate you and your skills, talents, abilities. The bonus is colleges often reward students they want with more generous financial aid awards and opportunities.
Go find your joy. There are so many academic and extra-curricular interests to choose from but they will not appeal to everyone at the same level of excitement. Finding and developing a passion will help the college-bound choose a vocation and an avocation. In high school, it starts with pursing an activity and growing in leadership positions. In college, it starts with choosing a major and internships in the field. These are the joyful things that will shape student lives and the future.