As makers of the Bradley timepiece, we’re honored to help you measure time throughout the day. But in this post, we’re measuring time by a major life event that’s happening this season: graduation!

Graduations are milestones we use to measure time in our lives. Our team members took time to look back and take stock of how far we’ve come since we celebrated these milestones. Come along as we remember our graduations!

Tim

How long has it been since you graduated from high school?

9 years

How long has it been since you graduated from college? From other degree programs?

5 years

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from high school?

It’s not possible to multitask! I would have tackled assignments much more efficiently if I had learned this earlier.

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from college?

Prior to graduating from college, my diet consisted of pizza and sugary drinks. I’ve subsequently shifted to a whole foods, plant-based diet. It has made all of the difference, and I’ve never felt better!

Kevin

How long has it been since you graduated from high school?

13 years

How long has it been since you graduated from college? From other degree programs?

9 years from college, 4 years from law school

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from high school?

The fact that time will fly — carpe diem!

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from college?

Do not focus on 5 years ahead. Focus on what you are doing now and how you are doing it.

Audrey:

How long has it been since you graduated from high school?

12 years

How long has it been since you graduated from college? From other degree programs?

8 years since bachelor’s degree; 3 years since master’s degree

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from high school?

That people like me for who I am. I don’t have to convince people to like me.

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from college?

Bachelor’s degree graduation:
I wish I would have realized that it’s perfectly fine to not have everything in your life planned out, that plans will inevitably fail, and that failure is good for you. (And also that failing doesn’t make you a Failure with a capital ‘F.’)

Master’s degree graduation:
That work/life balance and work culture are just as important for a fulfilling career as the type of work that you do.

Hyungsoo:

How long has it been since you graduated from high school?

19 years (oh my…)

How long has it been since you graduated from college? From other degree programs?

15 years (oh my…)

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from high school?

I didn’t know I would have so much time ahead to figure out what I could be good at, and more importantly, what I could be passionate about and enjoy. I thought I would need to figure all these things out before going to college. There were times I didn’t have these things figured out, and it was totally fine. Also, I’ve learned that what I am good at and what I’m passionate about can change frequently and sometimes quite dramatically, and that is also fine.

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from college?

It’s absolutely fine to choose a path that doesn’t relate to your major in college or graduate school. Don’t think your time at college will be a waste if what you choose to do after college isn’t related to what you majored in. I even encourage graduating students to go for something they didn’t study or experience during their college years. There are so many years ahead and it would be a waste to miss unexplored opportunities.

Rita:

How long has it been since you graduated from high school?

7 years

How long has it been since you graduated from college? From other degree programs?

3 years

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated?

In both high school and college, I never gave myself permission to fully pursue my interests. In part, this was due to growing up as a first-generation American and also due to limited life experiences as a naive teenager. So I did the practical thing and rode the proverbial conveyer belt from high school to college to the corporate cubicle. During my first job after college, I remember thinking, “Well, now what? What happens next?” I realized that I was never taught or learned what to do after your first job. Many Lifehack articles later, I learned that only I could determine my next step. It didn’t matter what other people or society told me I should do. This realization was incredibly freeing, and it actually led me to my current job at Eone.

Nina:

How long has it been since you graduated from high school?

8 years

How long has it been since you graduated from college? From other degree programs?

4 years

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from high school?

That as the senior class president, I’m supposed to plan my ten year reunion two years from now!

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from college?

This is the time to take risks. What’s the worst that can happen?

Inuk:

How long has it been since you graduated from high school?

5 years

How long has it been since you graduated from college? From other degree programs?

2 years

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from high school?

That you don’t have to please everyone. (Pretty clichéd, I know, but probably the most valuable lesson.)

What do you know now that you didn’t know when you graduated from college?

Being earnest and not wasting people’s time. Also not being afraid to fail. (This is something I didn’t internalize for the longest time.)