Seniors: Your Next Adventure Is Waiting

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We know how difficult this time is right now, especially if you’re a senior graduating from high school or college. You feel left out and left behind, and maybe you feel angry that you’re missing out. You have every right to feel all of your feelings! To honor you and your accomplishment, we at Empowered Connections thought we’d put together some advice that we wish someone had told us at your age. We hope these tips bolster you and remind you that this too will pass, and your next great adventure is waiting. Happy Graduation!

“Live in the moment and don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Just learn from it and keep it pushing!” 
– Dr. Laryssa Creswell, Dunkirk office

“Don’t worry about anything you can’t control. Focus on one day at a time. If you make a mistake, learn from it, but don’t dwell on it.” 
– Erika Keller, LGPC, Dunkirk office

“My advice to you is to be brave. Now is the time in your life to truly enjoy your freedom, embrace your creativity and try something new. Don’t be afraid of failure because with failure comes growth and resilience. Life is about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy the ride.” 
– Alexes Boutin, LMSW, Leonardtown office

“It sounds cliché, but it is so true… Be who you want to be and follow your own path. Find worth within yourself without any external validation. Don’t cave to the pressure of societal and family expectations. Know who you are and own it without apology!” 
– Liz Holdsworth, LCSW-C, Leonardtown office

“Get involved and have fun. Studying and schoolwork are important but not as important as professional growth and a support network. Do not room with your friends, meet new people and have new experiences. Never leave your clothes in a washer after the cycle is over. Be there to take them out a minute before the cycle ends. Not doing this is rude and people WILL pull your clothes out and set them somewhere.” 
– Jess Thompson, LMSW, Leonardtown office

“Keep your head held high always. There will be times that challenge you, but when you can find the confidence and strength within yourself to persevere, your rewards will mean so much more! Best of luck in the next chapter in your book of life.”
– Jennifer Guy, LMSW, Leonardtown office

“Now is the time for you to be in control! No more teachers, classmates, or IG to tell you who to be. So, take this opportunity to say Yes or No to what fits best with who you are. Alex’s advice: Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean the fun stops… or naps. Keep doing both.” 
– Alex Rigby, LCSW-C, Leonardtown office 

“Nothing in life is final. Friends will come and go; the right friends will stick around. You must kiss a few frogs before you meet the right person for you. If something or someone stops making you feel happy; make a change. Change your mind, make mistakes, take a semester off if you need to, quit that job you hate, travel the world… Do what makes you feel happy. Emphasis on you because you are the only person who can make you happy today and every day.” 
– Jess, MSW student, Administrative Goddess

“Keep your eyes on the prize! Expect bumps and detours, but always remember what you’re working towards and keep moving step by step. You’ll be so proud of yourself when you arrive there!” 
– Deborah Duley, LMSW, Owner of Empowered Connections

DEBORAH DULEY is a licensed social worker in the state of Maryland. She has a BS in social work from Bowie State University and a Masters of Social Work from Howard University, Washington DC, as well as thousands of clinical hours and continuing education. She is a certified Stepfamily Foundation Counselor and is ASIST trained in suicide intervention. In addition Deborah is trained in divorce and custody mediation. Deborah is the founder and owner of the counseling practice Empowered Connections LLC, located in the heart of Leonardtown Maryland and the facilitator of her new therapy program “10 Sessions to Better Self-Esteem.” Deborah has over 25 years of experience working with women in many capacities such as activist, domestic violence counselor, and crisis interventionist. As the “women’s therapist,” she is passionate about working with women and teen girls. She integrates her knowledge of mental health issues and her life experiences to assist them in increasing their self-esteem, decrease anxiety & depression symptoms and tackle a whole host of personal issues that women struggle with.