The new­est chap­ter in life about to be­gin

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

AN­OTHER school year is com­ing to an end and se­nior stu­dents across the coun­try have grad­u­ated to the next era of their lives.

Fin­ish­ing high school is some­thing I am yet to for­get, that first time where my par­a­digm shifted on a dime.

Sud­denly you are free of the day-to-day rou­tine but it’s at that mo­ment the full weight of what you have achieved sets in.

It’s time for real life now, that’s what we would all tell our­selves.

I want to con­grat­u­late ev­ery 2016 grad­u­ate who is read­ing this and if I had any ad­vice it would be not to rush.

You have time, take it and use it wisely. The old say­ing that the world is now your oys­ter is only rel­e­vant to those who are will­ing to take life and make it their own, be­lieve me when I say it’s easy to be­come com­pla­cent.

In the com­ing hand­ful of years things will be­gin to change rapidly, if they haven’t al­ready.

Life-long friends will be off to new cities for job and univer­sity op­por­tu­ni­ties or al­ready com­mit­ted to their job of choice.

The mem­o­ries you share with them from your years in school to­gether may fade over time but to­gether you will al­ways share that com­mon bond, you grad­u­ated to­gether.

At­tack life with gen­uine gusto and see what it’s able to give you in re­turn.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the classes of 2016 and all the best in your future en­deav­ours.

— Adam McCleery

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