The Atlantic‘s advice for the class of 2020
This year’s college graduates are having a very different graduation season than they probably imagined. At The Atlantic, we’ve been trying to help the class of 2020 retain at least one ritual: the commencement speech.
That whole career-track thing you’ve been worrying about? Fundamentally interrupted. Don’t see this as a void; see it as a permission slip.
— David Brooks, Atlantic contributing writer and New York Times columnist
You won’t get to have this very special event, four years in the making. Why not? Because history found you.
— Caitlin Flanagan, staff writer
Rather than thinking of what has been taken away, members of the class of 2020 should think of themselves as part of a generation that gave—a generation that sacrificed.
— Julian E. Zelizer, history and public-affairs professor at Princeton
The way you approach hardship will define you. At any point, you can cast yourself as the hero of your own story. You get to make that choice. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
— Bridget Phetasy, writer and comedian
When you get dumped or lose a job, or when your plans are all on hold because of a global disease, cry for a minute. Talk to a friend. And then let it motivate you to make changes—to close your bar tab, to work harder, to do something, anything, else.
— Katie Herzog, writer and journalist