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Transitioning to Life after High School

To the graduate class of 2022,

There are going to be valleys to walk through, mountains to climb, and canyons to jump over. You will have self-doubt, fear and thoughts of quitting. You will question every choice and over analyze your decision. No matter the size of the challenge, never stop moving. It's not about the destination, it is about the journey preparing you for life's next adventure. When in doubt take a breath. Life is a journey. We are going to learn lessons along the way. You may not get it right on the first try but don't get discouraged and give up. Focus on making progress, not perfection. As long as you keep moving forward you will excel.

No matter how much I prepared, I was never fully ready for life after high school. I was excited to start university but had encountered a few curve balls that changed my life. Many students are counting down the days till summer break. For the class of 2022 this is the end of an era, and the beginning of a new chapter: Life after high school.

If you are stepping on a new campus in the fall here are some tips for you:

Don't wait to visit the student disability service centre.

If you have been identified as having a learning disability, or ADHD and have an IEP/ IPP go to campus and speak to someone at the disability service centre. They will help you get set up for success and ensure you have the support and accommodations needed in this part of your academic career.

‘I can do it on my own.’

Do not get caught up in this mind trap and think you can solve or handle your problems on your own. Everyone needs a team to help them reach the top. Don't wait until it's too late. Ask questions. Ask for help. Be in constant communication with those around you wanting to support you. Don't go MIA and think you can handle it on your own because if you could it would have been dealt with by now.

Your friends and family are your biggest support team.

Plan your study/work schedule for the semester.

You can't be mad at the results you didn't earn if you did not put in the effort. A simple 15 minutes of reviewing notes daily will add up by the time exam season rolls around. Don't wait until the last minute to cram, study or write an assignment – this is the most ineffective way to get an A.

You have come a long way, celebrate this big accomplishment not only is your family proud but I am as well. Congratulations class of 2022!

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