In the classroom, time flies faster than you can imagine.  You learn the power of language, the thrill of scientific discovery, and the wisdom of historic events.  You learn expression through art, how to arm your brain through TOK, and how emotion is conveyed through words.  You have built the foundation that will aid you in your future endeavors, beginning with the first hesitant step you take on your way to college.

Through countless meetings with successful alumni, I’ve learned some handy tidbits of information that I’ve turned into my list of daily rules.  As you progress in age and experience, you learn to value the input and knowledge of those that came before you.  Consider this an intro college course, which will help you to grow and mature as individuals and young professionals.

  1. Don’t let someone’s opinion of you become your reality.
  2. Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.
  3. It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
  4. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
  5. Begin each day with a grateful heart.

More often than not, there is power in simplicity.  These five daily rules are simple and impactful.  They will help you stand out amongst your peers, grow your core values, and learn how to walk tall.  Life will test and judge you in every decision you make.  You have to learn who you are as an individual, and more importantly how to never sacrifice your core values.

You will find that there is always pressure to out-perform your competition, academically and professionally.  Society has instilled its love of “doing whatever it takes” and “sacrifices” into the heart of the public.  However if you look at the greats, the standouts, the men and women that are true change agents.  They built themselves to extraordinary levels of success through hard work that began with the list above.  Congratulations to the class of 2015!  I implore you to always walk tall.