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  • 2013 Jun 10

3 Key Moves for High School Graduates

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, I have no pleasure in them; Ecclesiastes 12:1 (ESV)

So, you’ve walked down the aisle. You’ve been given that paper that says you’re done with high-school. You’ve turned the tassle.

What now? Here are five key moves for every high-school graduate.

  1. Don’t Waste Your Summer

I’ve seen more good, young men and women make critical, destructive, life-altering choices in the free months between high-school and college. There is a sense of freedom in these months, of throwing off the shackles. You’re parents might be a bit more trusting of you now.

Have a plan for your summer—this one and every one in the future. Have fun, celebrate, enjoy life. But also find ways to learn and grow. Read some challenging books, sign up for mission—whether overseas or here at home. Find a mentor who can give you good advice about the coming college years.

Summer is a break from school, from some of the discipline of the high-school years, but it’s not a break from God.

  1. Start Planning Your First College Semester. It will be here before you know it. You might start thinking about those first classes. You  might game plan your typical days, how you will study and what you will do with your free time in college. You’ll also want to seek out and find a Christian community on your college campus. Be intentional about this. Since you are leaving home, you’re leaving your church environment. You will not thrive spiritually or in any other way if you do not attach yourself to a Christian campus group and church.
  2. Build intentional accountability relationships back home. Plan how often you will call back home and let your parents know how this will work. Let them know you intend on keeping them in the loop with everything. You are moving on into adulthood and this is good, but don’t forget to honor your parents and loving them in this newfound chapter in your relationship. You may also want to establish a weekly or monthly chat with your youth pastor or somebody who can periodically check on the status of your spiritual walk.


Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at, or check out his website:

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