Some graduation advice. Grow up, and fast. Staying in California; well, we’re out of water. Leave your cocoons of technology, and butterfly into becoming the human born and treating your fellow humans as you would wish to be treated.
Get over yourselves. Embrace tangibility. Don’t give me the “kid with attitude.” You know nothing. Stop talking/texting and shut up. Listen to “old,” wise people. Unplug and go outdoors to look at trees while we still have them. Learn to spell and send a handwritten thank-you note to a teacher. Obtain a dictionary (I have five within reach) and learn a new word every day.
When applying for a job, show up as the follow-up. Lose your science fiction addictions and sell all gaming equipment. Life is a game and you are ill-prepared for all eventual realities. Lucky enough for a college education without student loans ... well, hell, you’re just lucky. No squandering allowed. Find a cause, fight the right fights and work on your posture. Tall, straight, high shoulders, neck and head up.
I am most decidedly unimpressed with our younger generation.