Graduation season brings new beginnings to area students

Thursday, May 2, 2019
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As I am writing this, it appears that Mother Nature is thumbing her nose at us. We have had some of the most beautiful weather this past month, but today it is in the 20’s and snowing. Go figure.

At any rate, even though the weather is taking a slight detour, we at the Big Horn County Library are heading steadily toward summer. We’re all looking forward to barbecues, water skiing, and going to baseball games. In addition, we are also gearing up for another part of the beginning of summer and that’s graduation. We have our May display up on the ledge, which is sending out kudos to the new graduates and encouragement as they go on to college, the military, or other careers.

Graduation can be a scary time for many people be them the graduates themselves, family members, or friends. Often it is the day of graduation itself that it really sinks in. Many people say to themselves, “This is the first day of the rest of my life and I don’t know what to do.” I know people who started a career the day after graduation and are still happy in that job today. I also know people who are in the 50’s and still don’t know what they want to do when they grow up.

For family, it can be especially difficult because moms and dads have to come to grips with the idea that their child is probably going to be leaving their umbrella of protection very soon. When I graduated it was on a Sunday and the following Thursday I was in Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

To be sure that was quite a rude awakening for me, but much more than that I’ll never forget what it did to my mother. I was the oldest and the first to leave. She cried so hard. It’s the natural order of things, kids are supposed to grow up and leave the nest, but there’s nothing says that it will be an easy thing to endure.

It’s the same for anyone else whether they’re leaving to go to school, or moving for a job. It’s scary and sad. It’s also unbelievably exciting. It’s a time to experience new things or explore new options, meet new people, and see new things. For me leaving home was hard, but over the next four years I had one grand adventure.

This summer as you prepare to see your kids leave for their new adventures, remember there are a lot of resources out there to help prepare them and also to simply aid them with all the details. One of those resources, certainly, is your Big Horn County Library. For instance, we have a fax system here that people can use to send information to their future schools. Throughout the summer we are sending transcripts, applications, birth certificates, and so on.

That is only one example, but if there is anything we can do at the library, we are more than happy to help.

We at the Big Horn County Library would like to wish you all a happy and safe graduation season.

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