The Wisdom of Students

As we brace ourselves for what undoubtedly will be an interesting week (weeks? months? years?) with the 2016 Presidential election, I wanted to share some words of wisdom from my students. These were developed in my Sociology course as we finished up a series of lessons on personality development and the stages of life. In these difficult, cynical times, it’s good to know that our younger generation is still full of hope and inspiration:

1. Be the person others look up to.
2. Work hard at everything you do, but don’t take everything too seriously.
3. Learn from your mistakes.
4. Everything happens for a reason.
5. It is what it is – move forward with an open mind.
6. Stay positive and open minded in all situations.
7. Whatever is meant to be will always work out in the end.
8. Let go of what is not meant for you.
9. Your happiness is in your control.
10. Don’t put your work over your friends or family.
11. Don’t waste your time because it’s precious.
12. Be optimistic; if you’re in a bad situation things can always change.
13. Don’t stress about things you can’t control.
14. People come and go – their opinions of you don’t matter.
15. Love yourself because you’re you for the rest of your life.
16. Accept the things you cannot change.
17. Friends are temporary; family is forever.
18. Don’t hold on too long, but don’t let go too soon.
19. Pursue your dreams.
20. Treat everyone as you want to be treated.
21. Stay positive no matter how bad the situation is.
22. Always love yourself, your family, and your friends.
23. Don’t try to please everyone.
24. The past may hurt, but it’s in the past, move on.
25. Life is filled with obstacles that are not always small.
26. If you have the chance, take it. Don’t pass it up because you may not get another.
27. Don’t sweat the small things.
28. Be ambitious.
29. Appreciate what you have.
30. Take advantage of opportunities.

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