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May 30, 2016 07:14PM ● By Becky Coburn

(Borrowed) Advice for High School Graduates

By Julie Ross

I want to take this opportunity to impart words of wisdom to our community’s graduating seniors. I know none of you stooped to plagiarizing from the Internet during your high school career, so I will do that for you here, in this column.

In the course of an Internet search, I came across a list of 100 pieces of advice an economics teacher put together for his students. I am repeating my favorite 25 from among these because it is way easier than coming up with my own list.

The 25 pieces of advice I have selected carry the list’s original numbers. To see all 100 pieces of advice, just type “economics teacher advice” into your browser and you will be provided several links to the full list. Here we go:

1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them. 

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it. 

8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway -- in or out.

29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it. 

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze. It’s unbecoming. 

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant. 

41. Don’t make a scene.

44. Don’t gloat. 

46. Make time for your mother on your birthday. It’s a special day for her, too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

49. Give credit. Take blame. 

50. Suck it up every now and then.

52. Don’t stare.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

59. Thank the bus driver. 

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months. 

85. Don’t litter.

93. You are never too old to need your Mom. 

There. What else could you possibly need to know?

I wish the best of luck to every one of you, whatever path you choose. Onward!

You can reach Julie at [email protected] 



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