An editor’s advice for graduates, 2013

Weeping angel (bbc)
A Weeping Angel from “Doctor Who.” Don’t blink.

Every so often, the dean asks faculty members to pass along words of advice for graduates (and for anyone else who cares to listen). I did that last in 2010. If you are graduating this year and don’t want to spoil the excitement at Saturday’s ceremony, stop here.

I figured you’d keep reading, but I warned you. Here are my words of advice for 2013:

Choose your words carefully. Spell them correctly and punctuate them wisely.

Find your niche, and then work to expand it.

Sleep occasionally. It’s important. Really.

Compliment others. They’ll appreciate it, and so will you.

When someone tells you, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it,” nod politely. Then try something different.

Beware of people who give you advice at graduation.

And whatever you do, don’t blink.

Good luck.

There’s always a song at graduation, as well. So here’s one more piece of advice: You can’t go wrong with the music of Josh Ritter.

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