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Report to Readers: Here’s what every 18-year-old should know

Chances are, an awful lot of high school seniors are going to hear an awful lot of long, windy speeches in the next few weeks. I say “hear” rather than “listen to,” because, alas, it’s often easy to let your mind wander during the average high school graduation speech.

You know the type: “This is a beginning, not an end.” “Follow your dreams.” “Cherish your friends.” “Reach for the sky.” (Bleh!)

All of which got me thinking: What if we asked regular people to give advice to high school seniors?

And what if they were required to keep it short and sweet?

So, here goes: We’re looking for readers to submit the best advice they can think of for this year’s crop of graduating high school seniors. Base it in your own experience. What has life taught you that you wish you knew when you were 18? Now, sum it up in 200 words or less.

Send your submissions to letters@ by Friday noon. Include your name and your town and tell us what you do for a living.

We’ll publish a sampling in the Sunday Monitor.

(Felice Belman can be reached at or 369-3370.)

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