Category Archives: Graduation

You’ve Done It: Graduation is Here

class of 2014, graduationWow…you never thought this day would come.  You’re thinking to yourself, I’m really graduating from high school.  What an accomplishment, you should be so proud or yourselves.  It’s been a long time coming and well earned.  So what do you do next your thinking?  We’ll many of you have already been planning your next steps for a while, whether you are moving onto college in the fall or taking a year off to explore your options.  Either way this is a new chapter in your life you are starting.

This time can be scary for many new graduates, but that’s ok.  You’re an adult now and have to consider what your options are. If you’re headed to college in the fall, then take this summer to enjoy yourself.  Pick up a part-time job to make some extra money, or consider an internship at a local business in your field of study.  An internship will get you a head start in your field study, and could turn into a permanent position in the future. Look for a new hobby that interests you and give it a try this summer.

Regardless of what you decide to do, remember it’s ok to change your mind.  You might find that the field of study you choice for college turns out not to be the right path.  That’s ok, you can change that. You may decide college isn’t the best path for you either.  Look at all your options and find something that will make you happy.  Remember the career path you choose now, doesn’t always turn out to be what will be in the future.

Be proud of your accomplishments and hold your head high.  You’ve come this far and your future is out there waiting for you.

Congratulations to the class of 2014!!!

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurnace




Tips For Your New Graduates

graduationWith college graduations happening and high school graduation in the near future, our new graduates have a lot to think about.  This is an exciting by scary time in their lives.  Many students have their next steps planned out, but others may not.  There is so much to consider after graduation.

For those graduating high school many are deciding whether they will be commuting to college or staying on campus. For several reasons both parents and students may decide that commuting to college makes better financial sense. With the continued rise in college tuition, the added expense to living on campus may not be in reach for many families. Students headed to college in the fall will want to consider a few options this summer.  A part-time job to earn extra money can help to offset book costs at the beginning of the school year.  Another option for students is to consider a internship working in the field you will be studying at school.  This will give hands on experience in your field, giving you a jump start on learning your chosen field of study.

College graduates have similar decisions to make after graduation.  Now they need to consider where they too will be living.  If they were living on campus during school, now they must consider looking for an apartment.  This can be a daunting task for a young graduate, as they may have only held a part-time job during college.  Consider sharing the expenses with a few friends for a couple years. One thing is sure, parents should consider getting renters insurance for their students new apartment to make sure they and their belongings are covered.

Other college graduates may decide to continue their education and move on to graduate school.  Finding an internship in the area of your college during the summer can also help with improving your graduate studies in the future.

Both high school and college graduates have a lot to consider, but you should take some time for yourself as well.  Be proud of the accomplishments your have made thus far.  Don’t obsess over all the details just yet.  Give yourself a some downtime this summer and enjoy life.  Consider teaching yourself some new skills over the summer, read for pleasure or just try a new hobby. There is no script to life.  Live your life and enjoy it.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance want to wish all the best to all the new graduates this year.  Congratulations on a job well done.

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