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Your High School Graduation, As Remembered By You Vs. Your Parents

Graduation time was a different experience for you than it was for your parents, but you all celebrated the accomplishment together! Discover Student Loans also celebrates students' academic achievement with rewards for good grades.

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1. You: Cheered loudly for all your friends as they went up to accept their diplomas.

That ceremony wasn't boring at all!
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That ceremony wasn't boring at all!

Your parents: Zoned out until your name was called, cheered, snapped a photo, then went back to zoning out.

"Zzz...YAY ASHLEY...Zzz."
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"Zzz...YAY ASHLEY...Zzz."

2. You: NO. MORE. PICTURES.

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Your face actually hurt from smiling.

Your parents: So many photo ops, so little time!

There were albums to fill, blank walls to cover!
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There were albums to fill, blank walls to cover!

3. You: "The first day of college is really here!"

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FREEEEDOMMM!

Your parents: "The countdown to turning Kevin's bedroom into a massive walk-in closet begins!"

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STORAGE SPAACCEEE!

4. You: "Cried? Why would I have cried?"

It wasn't that emotional!
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It wasn't that emotional!

Your parents: Two words β€” emotional wrecks.

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πŸ˜‚ 😭 😌 😊 😘 πŸ˜‚ 😭

5. You: Going to a different graduation party every night for a week was AWESOME!

Had to get plenty of quality time with my peeps before we all parted ways!
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Had to get plenty of quality time with my peeps before we all parted ways!

Your parents: "We didn't see Katie for a week after she graduated. So much for family time!"

"You'd think she would have wanted some nice quiet nights at home!"
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"You'd think she would have wanted some nice quiet nights at home!"

6. You: Cleaning out your locker for the very last time was SO liberating!

"Goodbye, locker. Hello, entire dorm room!"
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"Goodbye, locker. Hello, entire dorm room!"

Your parents: Silently prayed you would be neater in college.

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That's where all the reusable food containers were hiding!

7. You: Oh man, that senior year yearbook was so cheesy!

All those dopey signatures and clichΓ©d senior quotes? LAME.
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All those dopey signatures and clichΓ©d senior quotes? LAME.

Your parents: "Max was more attached to that yearbook than he was to his teddy bear when he was a toddler!"

"He carried it around with him for weeks!"
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"He carried it around with him for weeks!"

8. You: Super sad to give back your sports uniforms.

End of an era!
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End of an era!

Your parents: Overjoyed that they'd never have to wash another dirty sports uniform, or pick it up from the floor of the car again β€” ever.

Ew.
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Ew.

9. You: Said goodbye to all your favorite teachers.

"I was totally their favorite student." ;)
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"I was totally their favorite student." ;)

Your parents: Remembered how terrified you were of your first-grade teacher.

"Maybe it was the purple glasses that gave him nightmares?"
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"Maybe it was the purple glasses that gave him nightmares?"

10. You: It was official β€” you weren't a kid anymore!

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Your parents: It was official β€” they were old.

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Regardless of how you both remember high school graduation, your parents were incredibly proud of your achievement. Discover Student Loans provides incentive to keep achieving in college β€” you can get rewards for good grades!