Graduation is a special moment for our students, staff, and school community. I just completed my fifth year as Principal at Gahanna Lincoln High School and have given the “Parting Words of Wisdom” the last three years during graduation as a way to send off the seniors witih something to think about. The student and parent response continues to be overwhelming. Following are my parting “Words of Wisdom” to the Class of 2013:
Good morning Lincoln High School Class of 2013. This is Mr. Carter with a few parting words of wisdom.
For the past four years, nearly every day we began each day with the Words of Wisdom. The purpose of the words of wisdom is to give your something to laugh about or think about that would change your mind or more importantly, influence your behavior. With that said, I cannot let you go without a few reminders:
Be the first to apologize.
Most reality TV shows aren’t reality, so don’t pattern your life after the characters on these shows.
Manners are not old school or old fashioned. They are a necessity.
Learn to listen to understand, not just to respond.
Reread as many Dr. Seuss books as possible. They are chock full of life lessons.
Listen to your parents. Most of the time, they really do know what they are talking about.
If you have to ask if an article of clothing is too short, too high, too low, too tight, or too anything, then you probably shouldn’t wear it.
Every aspect of your life doesn’t have to be shared on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Flicker, SnapChat, or any other form of social media. Please Pause Before You Post.
Technology can’t replace our need for real face to face interaction, so show interest in others by asking questions about their lives.
You are a role model and a hero to somebody.
Instead of making excuses; make choices.
Choose to be a life-long learner by reading on a regular basis.
Extend to others the same grace you want extended to you.
Failure and mistakes are life lessons. Learn from them and move on.
Ride a bike. Take walks. Doodle.
Be the type of person who others are sad to see go.
Once you figure out your “why” … your “what” and “how” will be easy!
Finally, enjoy all the experiences life has to offer!
With something to think about, this is Mr. Carter. Make it a great life…. or not. The choice is yours.