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Report to Readers

Report to Readers: Here’s a quick bit of advice . . .

All we had to do was ask! We told readers this week that we were looking for advice for graduating high school seniors in short form – essentially, graduation speeches told in 200 words or less.

Turns out, scads of readers have had fun with this project. The deadline was today at noon, yet the submissions are still rolling in at an astonishing pace.

We’ll run a big collection in the Sunday paper and perhaps more next week.

Meanwhile, here is a sneak peek at some of the best advice we’ve received so far:

*From a man in Concord: “At least once in your life, you’re gonna get fired, be flat broke, get passed over for a promotion, have your heart broken, lose a friend, gain 30 pounds, miss the last shot, order the sweet potato fries by accident, pay too much for a bad haircut or realize your juggling professor just doesn’t like you. And it’s okay.”

*From a woman in Bow: “There will be something (a book, an event, a poem) or someone (a professor, fellow student, a relative, a random person) who will forever alter your life. Open yourself and actively search for it. The catch is that only in hindsight, when you are much older, will you know what it was.”

*From a state legislator from Concord: “You will find many, many people who irritate or annoy you on a day-to-day basis, but that person who most annoys you today could become your greatest ally or advocate tomorrow.”

From a minister in Chichester: “Don’t sleep around. You’ll likely get married someday and the less relational baggage you bring, the better.”

Stay tuned for more!

(Felice Belman can be reached at fbelman@cmonitor.com or 369-3370.)

I wish I had submitted. It was great reading all that advice. My advice would be: You are young - take chances and leap. Just don't leap blindly.

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