To the Class of 2012: Believe in yourself


It is our position that good luck, good will and good fortune be bestowed upon the Class of 2012, for they are unique in their own way. They began their primary education at the turn of the century, riding the wave of the Y2K scare. A few years later, America experienced the deadliest attack on U.S. soil that forever changed our country. It’s a class whose normal view of the world is being at war.

They are perhaps one of the most technologically well-versed classes to date. They’ve grown up in the spotlight by expressing themselves to the world through social media. The information-age, Google kids are now young adults armed with a diploma, ready to move on to the next phase in life – learning how to make a living in a weakened economy.

The best advice may be found in the “How Communities Form” chapter of their social studies books from grade school. Be industrious. Be creative. Be entrepreneurial. Don’t be afraid of hard work. Take risks. In the words of author and psychologist Richard Carlson, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff.”  Lyricist Johnny Mercer wrote quite simply, “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

Finally, believe in yourself. Congratulations.

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