14 Jul 2012
News to Novels #24
I went searching for a few graduation articles and hope these will be of some inspiration:
We don't need no graduation
It's that time of year when hearts race and palms grow sticky. With the A levels results out on Thursday, many a teenager is praying for the grades that will get them that coveted place at university. Yet, a significant minority have no intention of swanning off to college - even if they score top results. And far from 'dropping out', they're making a financially savvy choice.
Many young people don't want to start their working life owing money; the average student debt is £13,500, predicted to increase to £20,000 for students starting this September. What's more, recent research shows that the level of increased earnings that graduates could expect over a lifetime, as recompense for doing a degree, has fallen sharply.
Student collects degree at graduation ceremony... and then gets onstage proposal (and she says yes)
After four years of lectures, exams and essays, a graduation ceremony is a memorable event. Yet for Sarah Cooper, from Marlboro, New Jersey, it will be particularly unforgettable - as it is also the moment she became engaged. Her boyfriend of four years, fellow American University student Sam Miller, popped the question on stage after Sarah collected her degree.
'Oh, The Places You'll Go!' Dad's tear-jerking graduation gift to daughter is a book of messages from every one of her teachers... which took 13 YEARS to collect
For many teenagers, their high school graduation day is the opportunity to ask for a big, extravagant gift from their parents. What Brenna Martin got was very different. It wasn't a car, a holiday or that piece of jewellery she had always wanted. Instead, the senior got something much, much more special.
Brenna's father Bryan handed her the most 'moving, touching, nostalgic, and thoughtful' present she had ever had. It was gift that was 13 years in the making which he'd managed to keep hidden the whole time. The copy of Dr Seuss children's classic 'Oh, The Places You'll Go!' is adorned with a series of annotations.
Awe-inspiring courage of the boy paralysed in a car crash at 14 months old… but who fulfilled his dream to walk for his high
When Patrick Ivison was run over by a car aged just 14 months, his spinal cord was so badly injured that his parents were told he would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. But he has never let his disability hold him back, becoming a champion surfer at the age of 13. And this week, he made the most amazing breakthrough of all when he walked for the first time as he attended his high school graduation.
To anyone who has graduated this year, congratulations and best of luck on your next journey! =D