June 21, 2010-Best Advice for High School Grads

A few years back njnextstop.org published a special feature in its monthly online Career Fuel newsletter that put forth the best advice for high school grads from some of New Jersey’s top teachers and students. We thought it would be a good idea to again share this advice with this month’s graduates. Here’s a sampling. For the full article, visit http://www.njnextstop.org/njnextstop/newsletter/approved/200705.html.

Best Advice:
You will be spending many years in the work force. Find your passion and follow it. If you enjoy waking up each morning and look forward to taking on the challenge of the day at work, you have hit a home run!

Jill Magidson,
 Director,
 Science Academy at Morristown High School

Challenge yourself to try something new; you will always learn from your experience. Get through your college classes/courses and take them for what they are. It's not until you have some more life experience that you will understand the true lessons learned.

Katina M. Vassiliou, 1998 Summit High School grad

Know that the process of making decisions is not always easy or fast. Take your time, think everything through and most importantly, make your decisions for yourself, not for others. In the end you are the only person accountable for the decisions you make.

Angela Dipaolo, 2001 Howell High School grad
, 2007 Rider University grad

Whatever you decide to do right after high school feels weighty, but it's really just the next step. If it turns out that you don't like whatever that is—majoring in accounting, going to a small school in Nebraska, selling jeans at the mall—you can do something else. You can take a step in another direction.

Barbara Bretcko,
 English Professor,
 Raritan Valley Community College

Pursue a degree in something that you are passionate about. Success comes to those who are passionate and work hard when no one else wants to work.

E. Colfax, 
Research Science Teacher,
 Morristown High School