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Congratulations to the Class of 2018

• Jun 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Over the past few weeks, we’ve celebrated the graduation of hundreds of local high school seniors. We’ve heard stirring speeches by valedictorians and class presidents, principals and superintendents.

None was more inspiring than that given by Grand Haven High School senior Noah Merriman, who urged his classmates to “never forget the importance of yourself.”

We can remember what it feels like to graduate from high school. On one hand, you’re on top of the world, reaching the culmination of a long and grueling climb through the educational process. On the other hand, you find yourself staring wide-eyed and intimidated by the daunting future, regardless of what path your future may take you down.

We also have the benefit of time — we’re decades removed from the graduation process, so we can look back on that time in our lives with and see it for what it is — a time to treasure.

Our advice? Don’t be in too big of a hurry to grow up.

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again — you’re only young once. You’ll have the rest of your life to work a 9-to-5 job.

Don’t get us wrong — we’re not endorsing a carefree lifestyle in which you eschew all responsibilities. You’re going to have to work — and work hard — to reach your goals, whatever those may be.

But don’t get so bogged down with those responsibilities that you miss out on the fun stuff.

Hang out with your family and friends, take that trip, hit the beach, learn how to play a guitar, attend that music festival. Make memories, because you’ll cherish them forever.

Congratulations, Class of 2018. We wish you all the best, wherever your paths may lead.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Matt DeYoung, Mark Brooky, Alex Doty, Josh VanDyke and Duncan MacLean. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

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