Graduation is here! Hoorah! You've watched enough movies to know that it is going to be an inspiring and nostalgic day full of HILARIOUS memories you will remember for the rest of your life. So what are you waiting for? Here's how it's going to go down.
First comes the amazing graduation speaker. For the first two minutes, you're like
Then, you realize the speech is going to be longer than 5 minutes.
Like, a lot longer.
(It's okay. Your mom is DEFINITELY recording it.)
Then, they finally start giving out the diplomas. The moment you've anticipated for four years has arrived.
Well, kind of.
FINALLY! They call your name!
You stand up, ready for it to be like
But it's more like
Afterward, you find your relatives in the crowd and answer their questions about college.
It's okay. No matter what, you know you've made your parents proud.
You just have one more family dinner to get through
before you head to an EPIC house party.
(That ends up looking like)
But whatever. While you're there, you get to say one final goodbye to your classmates
Who are like
Luckily, the cops break it up right away, so you get to go home and REALLY celebrate!
Which actually ends up looking like
And you think to yourself how awesome your day was, despite everything.
Then, you head to bed early, knowing that your future is going to be MAGICAL.
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Making sure you have all your ducks in a row on the morning of graduation day can help make the whole process easier. Plan ahead so that you arrive early -- with your phone fully charged, wearing comfortable shoes -- and choose a meeting spot where you'll be able to find your family later. If you go to a large public school, these things are especially important -- you don't want to spend the first hour of your life as a high school graduate with a dying battery, trying to track down your parents.
Since you'll be wearing a cap and gown, you may not give much thought to your graduation day attire. But wearing something comfortable and appropriate that doesn't require you to go home and change before dinner or evening festivities can save time and energy. And bear in mind that many graduation gowns are made of stuffy polyester, so if it's going to be hot out, you'll want to wear something as light and breathable as possible underneath. Check out these <a href="http://www.teenvogue.com/fashion/spring-trends/2011-05/shop-graduation-dresses/?intro" target="_blank">20 affordable graduation dresses</a> from Teen Vogue for inspiration.
Don't Let Your Family Stress You Out
Having a small or unconventional family can be a big source of graduation stress. It might seem like everyone has their parents, siblings and extended family there to cheer them on, and maybe you have just your mom, or parents who are sitting 10 rows apart from each other. But the important thing is that you show up for yourself -- and the people who support you will be there to cheer you on. Associate Teen Editor Taylor Trudon wrote in a HuffPost Divorce blog that although she was dreading her graduation day, her commencement was actually the first day that she truly accepted her modern family. "In my post-grad photos," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taylor-trudon/the-day-i-accepted-my-mod_b_860355.html" target="_blank">she writes</a>, "There are no pictures of a cookie-cutter family standing against perfect brick walls and ivy that you would find in a store picture frame, but a different kind of family. Mine. And that was okay."
Remember To Pat Yourself On The Back
If nothing else, graduation is a time to reflect on the things you've accomplished and the person you've become over the past four years -- and also on the things you'd like to change in the future. You should be proud of all your achievements, both in and out of the classroom. Try not to stress about any missed opportunities or regrets: you've done a lot, so take a moment to congratulate yourself!
Let Go Of The Future & Enjoy The Moment
Graduation can be an almost surreal experience: It's a huge event that signifies a movement from the past to the future. But do yourself a favor and try not to spend the whole day being worried about the future. Moving on to a new phase in your life can trigger feelings of uncertainty that takes the form of a number of anxieties, from financial worries to fear over making new friends and starting new relationships, to doubts about your future career path. It's OK to feel doubts about your future -- just don't let it rob your enjoyment of the moment, which could be one of the most memorable of your life.