Seniors preparing to take next step

We are a scant 17 days from Custer High School graduation, and the school will once again say farewell to dozens of students as they set sail into the rest of their lives. The graduates will trade in their Wildcat purple for the black and blue of adult life, whether they are immediately entering the work force, taking a year off or planning for the next four or more years of college.
To the class of 2022, we say good luck, and we are rooting for you. Don’t let anyone tell you that high school graduation is the biggest day of your life. You’re destined for bigger and better things as you head off into the next chapter of your life. Don’t let high school graduation be the high point of your life. It should only be the start of your journey to greatness.
As our staff is full of people with a lot of, years (experience?) under our belts, we have some advice for you as you leave the halls of Custer High School.
First and foremost, don’t be afraid to leave Custer, even if only for awhile. There is a great big world out there that extends way beyond the borders of Custer County, and it’s just waiting for you to explore it. Travel. Learn. Dream. Create. Don’t be in a hurry to marry and settle down. There’s plenty of years for that. Enjoy your youth. When you get to be our age you’ll never regret that trip you took, that sunset you watched, that adventure you enjoyed. Those get harder and harder to schedule and pull off as you age and have a family.
Take care of your credit! When you arrive on your college campus, etc., you’re going to be inundated with offers for high interest credit cards from companies that really don’t care if you can make the payments or not. Yes, it’s a great idea to establish credit, but don’t overdo it. You don’t need a credit card for every department store within 40 miles of where you live. If you use your credit card, pay off the balance as soon as you get the bill. Try not to use it excessively. They are great to have in emergency, but make sure racking up debt doesn’t become the emergency. Creditors aren’t going to care why you can’t pay your bill. They just want the money.

“The world can really kick your (butt). I only have a vague recollection of when it wasn’t kicking mine.”
—Roy Munson, “Kingpin”

Don’t be afraid to fail. Here’s a cold, hard truth: life isn’t fair. There are going to be tough times. It’s how you react to these tough times that determine who you are, not that you failed. It’s cliche, but it’s true. If you get knocked down, get up and try again. Yes, life will knock you on your butt from time to time. But things only get better, and you’ll be the better for the adversity you faced.
Every now and then, step back, take a breath and take a look around. Enjoy life. Don’t live to work. Take care of your teeth. Save money for a rainy day. Don’t forget to call your parents.
We wish you nothing but the best, and it’s been our pleasure to cover you over the years.

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