Kindergarten at 5 years old. Graduating college at 22. 17 LONG years of school chomping away viciously at my li…I mean, 17 wonderful years of becoming an educated scholar in order to build a life that matters. It’s been a heck of a journey I tell ya. All of those papers written during all-nighters aided by the background noise of Netflix, those dreaded presentations prepared while in a caffeine-induced haze, those gazillion pointless exams, those super expensive textbooks bought or rented that you don’t even end up using (thanks a lot professors) all on top of trying to maintain a balanced (balanced? Ha) social life with organizations/sports/exercise (That’s still a thing? Ha. Haha) other extra-curricular activities, friends, significant others, family, church, and whatnot….no wonder graduation day is a sacred day for college seniors!
Then there’s the dreaded question (at least for many of us), “So what are your plans after graduation?” I’m going to go ahead and give you this word of caution, because it’s what many of us soon-to-be grads think but are just to polite too say out loud…don’t ask me that. I’m young. I’m still figuring out my life, like what I’m going to eat as a midnight snack tonight. I have a general plan. God has a specific plan. As He shows me my next steps, give me, us, room to grow and make errors and do multiple trial-runs. There are some of us who have jobs or grad school lined up immediately after undergrad concludes. And there are some of us who need a breather to travel or simply figure out the next step.
We kindly ask that if you want to ask a relevant question, maybe ask “Hey, how can I walk with you during this next transition of your life?” or “I know your major was___, would you like me to introduce you to some people in my network?” Questions like those help relieve some of the pressure of feeling like we have to have it all figured out. I can’t tell you what I’ll be doing 3, 4, 6 months from now. But just know that this, right here and now, is the moment that matters: GRADUATION!!! For now, I’ve secured my Bachelor’s. For now, I’m enduring the beginning of adulthood. For now, I’m going to enjoy this moment. So cash me on da stage come May 6th.