Indledning
It is graduation time, the day every student is looking forward to. Doing their final exam, and leaving the school, this costs a lot of hard work, tears and happy days.

Mary Schmich´s short story “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” which was written in 1997 and it made me think a lot about last year’s graduations graduating students.

Uddrag
The title of the short story references to, that when you say something or give advice to young people, they find it hard to accept it, because they have not tried it themselves, and they live in the moment, and do not have the same experience in life as an adult have . …

Mary Schmich’s language in the short story is based on humor but she tells it in a serious way, that makes Mary Schmich engages her reader by talking about a relevant theme and something students should take with them.

Her short storyspeech will always be effective in the effect to remind people of what is really important in life. She uses personal experiences to bring emotions inappeal to the reader’s sense of trust. Therefore, she tells and give the reader advice, on how to live life.

“Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.”