High school graduation gift ideas

My little brother has just graduated from high school and I was getting crazy about finding a good gift so it’s a topic of my blog post today.
If someone close to you has recently graduated high school, then you might be looking to find a good present to buy the new graduate. While what you can buy will depend on what you can afford and your relationship to the student, you have many options.
If the student is going to college next year, anything that could be useful in college is a great choice, ranging from dorm accessories to entertainment. If the student is not attending college after graduating high school, anything that he or she could use otherwise would make a great gift.

I would also make sure that the student doesn’t have any of these beforehand… there’s nothing more awkward than giving a gift and finding out the person already has it!
Here are a few general areas to think of when deciding what to get:

What to expect when you are 27 years old

I always knew that 27 was going to be a huge year in my life, the one where I would crystallize my future. I mean Van Gogh started painting at 27; Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix were all immortalized at 27. Here I am, about to end a year of self-discovery and let me tell you, I found my muse. I conquered 27 as I am officially about to conquer 28!

A Year Of 27:

  • Loving myself
  • Truly falling in love (again)
  • Tripling my savings
  • Traveling and working for one month in the US
  • Paying off my car (part of my student’s loans)
  • Finding myself
  • Flying out to help someone move
  • Becoming a Godmother for the first time
  • Learning patience in teaching people how to solve the GED practice tests
  • Running a mile under 9 minutes
  •  Meeting and befriending incredible people

Expat Life? I’m moving to Houston

Big news, I decided to move to  Houston, I have a job already, I will be leading GED courses there in Houston and helping people to pass the GED exam. So it’s time to say goodbye to my many friends. Who doesn’t know how to say goodbye? It’s the polar opposite of hello; one of the first words that we learn as children. We don’t feel threatened by the feeling when we say goodbye to our parents at school because we know at 3:00 pm sharp, we are en route to say hello again. When do we make this shift of blissful ‘goodbye’ innocence to cognitive ‘goodbye’ awareness?

Somewhere along the line of our relationships that extend beyond family, we learn that goodbye doesn’t have any guarantees. We may or may not ever say hello to that person, that place or that thing again. Accepting this reality is perhaps one of the toughest things I am learning today.

My life is full of goodbyes. I started moving around the world when I was 14 years old. From that moment, I knew that every hello needed to be more passionate, more sincere, more welcoming. I would inevitably be leaving my friends, my new favorite city, and my new life. This has been both a blessing and curse as I’ve grown older.

Itchy Feet Syndrome

As some of you are aware, I am now in limbo between second and final year – it’s the summer holidays and I’m not due back at the university until October, so I have a load of free time on my hands. And a lot of this time, so far, has been spent thinking about the future and what I want to do. I know I want to work in arts marketing. I know I want to be fairly well placed on the career ladder. And I also know that I don’t want to spend the time after graduating at home mulling over the possibilities that lay ahead.

I’m desperate for a job – as in, a proper job. Not a summer job, or a part-time job. I’m desperate to get my degree and then head into employment doing something that has made the past 3 years worth it. I have, therefore, itchy feet syndrome.