Graduation is an exciting and scary juncture in one’s life. It’s exciting to finally be done with projects, papers, and finals, but then…what’s next? I remember thinking I had everything figured out after I had graduated high school. I was going to Butler to major in pharmacy. I was going to go to school for six years like it was no thing, graduate, and get a good job. Ha! I heard the statistics about a large percentage of students change their majors while in school. I thought, “Oh, that’s not me. I’ve already figured out what I’m going to do.” Fast forward to two years later, and I realized how unhappy I was. I wasn’t enjoying my classes and hadn’t really formed any strong bonds with my classmates. I needed a change ASAP. Without much thought, I decided to switch my major to marketing, and I had classes with so many more of my friends and made much better grades. I was so much happier for the remainder of my college career.
As I keep getting older (and wiser), I’m always wishing I could go back in time and give advice to my younger self. This essay from Baz Luhrmann that was turned into a music video gives good and realistic advice, especially to those who are about to graduate to a new chapter in their lives. I particularly like the opening lines about wearing sunscreen.