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didn’t pan out, and a few semesters and one college transfer later, I was at UMass Amherst studying political science and history. I’ll always be grateful for the support of my parents, who supported my decision even though it was a much different pursuit than originally planned. I shared a house off campus with five other guys who I’m still friends with today. Even though it wasn’t anyone’s immediate plan, four of us have law degrees. There is no question in my mind that our nights spent debating each other created the perfect environment for prospective attorneys to hone their skills. All kidding aside, I’m happy to have had some time to figure it out. I love what I do, but I don’t know if I ever would’ve discovered it had I been thrust along a path as soon as I moved the tassel on my graduation cap. So, to the graduates of 2019, both of the high school and college varieties, I want to say this: It’s okay if you haven’t got it all figured it out. Life is full of false starts, surprise twists, and unexpected discoveries. Nobody, no matter how composed and driven they seem, plans out their entire life perfectly. There may be pressure, both internal and external, pushing you in a certain direction, but don’t worry if your course changes in the coming years. As long as you work hard and have passion, you’ll get where you’re supposed to be going. –Steven Brooks changes in the coming years. As long as you work hard and have passion, you’ll get where you’re supposed to be going." "There may be pressure, both internal and external, pushing you in a certain direction, but don’t worry if your course

GRADUATION MEMORIES AND INSIGHTS From the Class of 1984 to the Class of 2019

admissions scandal that broke earlier this year demonstrates, kids are under enormous pressure when it comes to college, much of which can come from their parents. Sure, everyone wants their kids to be successful, but the pressure to have your entire life mapped out by the time you turn 18 is something distinctly new. I sympathize with kids who aren’t ready to commit to a career plan before they step foot on a college campus because I was that type of young man myself. I always enjoyed school, and I remember feeling excited at the prospect of college, but I was not sure what I wanted to be when I graduated high school. I had good grades and enjoyed anatomy and physiology, so I gravitated toward becoming a doctor. That

In June of 1984, I walked across a stage, shook some hands, received my diploma, and became a graduate of Medford High School. This year marks the 35th anniversary of that achievement. Our class reunion isn’t until November, but I’m already looking forward to it. It’s always a blast (from the past) to see old friends, catch up, and reminisce about the days when losing a soccer game felt like the end of the world. Life has spread out the class of ‘84, as it does, but we’ll always have that connection. Though it was only three and a half decades ago, graduating from high school seems a lot different now than it was in those days. Today, it feels like where you go to college and what you study is a life-or-death concern. As the insane college

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