My oldest grandchild, Boone Macy, turned eighteen less than two weeks ago, and tonight he will graduate from high school. Everyone in the family is very proud of him. Here are a few of my thoughts on this significant transitioning point in Boone's life - presented as a letter to him.
Tonight you will walk across the stage and receive your high school diploma, graduating "cum laude" no less! It will be a big night for you, and hopefully only one of many grand achievements that you will chalk up in life. You have always been a good student, and I know that your natural curiosity and inquisitive nature will serve you well as you start college in the fall.
The years that you spend in college will help to set a direction for the rest of your life. It will also be in college where your world will begin to rapidly expand as you become friends with students from other parts of the state, the nation, and the world. Some of those friendships will last a lifetime, and a few will be instrumental in the job choices that you make and the places you choose to live. College will be an important experience in your life on so many different levels.
The courses you take and the interests you pursue in college will not only set the general direction that you will take in life, they will also be key in building the knowledge base and collection of skills that you will use to forge your way forward.
Your time in college will come and go very quickly. Make good choices while you are there, and take as much from the experience as you possibly can. Go to class, read assignments, ask questions, and listen to what everyone has to say. If something catches your interest, dig in and study it in greater depth. College is all about growing and learning. Find your passion and cultivate it.
College will be an adventure, Boone. Enjoy it and learn all you possibly can. Never forget that you have lots of people in your corner who are rooting for your success in life. Make us proud.