A High School Teacher’s Words of Wisdom to Her Graduating Seniors

For the past fifteen years, Amber Fox has read “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” to her graduating photography students at La Serna High School in California.

“I got a little emotional reading it to my fifth period today,” Amber recalls, “knowing that I was the last teacher they were going to have in their high school years.”

Like any good teacher, Amber doesn’t limit herself to teaching one subject. Photography is a fine art, but there is so much more to teaching children than curriculum and academics. There are life lessons to be learned, wisdom to be shared, and a sense of value and belonging to impart.

So, during the final hour of their final day as school children, Amber gave her graduating students some sage advice. Here are a few of her thoughts:

  • Choose your friends wisely. The five people you spend the most time with will have the greatest influence on your life.
  • Choose your future mate wisely. They should cherish you and love you fully. Date often, so you know what you want when you finally meet the right person.
  • Travel the world and not just to Europe. See how other cultures live, including people in the third world.
  • Study what you are passionate about. Aspire to leave an impact on the world and make it a better place.
  • If someone tells you no, because you’re not good enough or smart enough or capable enough, then study hard, work hard, and prove them wrong.
  • Fill your mind with positive thoughts so your brain starts to believe them.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat real food that grows from the Earth, not made in a factory. Exercise and move your body every single day.

Hopefully Amber’s graduating students, and everyone who reads her wonderful advice, will take it to heart and live life to the fullest.

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


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