I Graduated, Now What?!

Graduation season is upon us, and so it begins: the question that leave most graduates anxiously thinking of what to say without sounding uncertain or lost:

So, what are your plans after graduation?

That question can seem paralyzing if you honestly don’t know what’s next. You’ve just finished one of the most demanding programs of your life where you probably were stretched in many ways socially, personally, intellectually, and spiritually. Receiving that degree and crossing the  stage was one of the most important things on your mind. But now, that day is over. The celebration  and photographs with family and friends has ended. And reality has just sunk in.If you’ve already secured a job or internship, great! But what if you haven’t? The ones who have no clue what they will actually do with their degree. And , of course, we can’t forget the majority who might have something set in place but still battle with the uncertainties about that decision.

First, I want to say. Relax. These questions and uncertainties are common and  expected. I mean, for us to know what our next move a week from now is quite astonishing when you think about how busy most of our lives are. The reality post-graduation is, some people will have a clear path of where they are headed, but the majority of us don’t, and that’s okay.

The journey of life isn’t about having it all together, its about having faith that the God who has brought you this far will not give up on you now and send you down the wrong path. It’s about having faith that although you don’t know what your next move may entail, every skill and experience you’ve had up until this point has prepared you in more ways than you’ll ever know. Things are already working in your favor, even if you can’t see it through your natural eyes. Which makes complete sense because in Hebrews 11:1 it reads, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This scripture is not an unfamiliar one to most, but it speaks volumes, especially during times of great uncertainty. It lets us know that, in order to trust in the unknown, it will require us to believe in something that is not quite there yet. So for those hoping for a great job after graduation, it may not look like an amazing opportunity is coming your way, but that is the moment where faith kicks in.

I like to pair up that scripture with James 2:14, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?” because let’s not forget that as we continue to walk by faith, our actions need to measure up. So, what you do in the interim is key! Yes, you’ve gone through the classes and coursework required to receive your diploma, but now, there are still things you must do to activate your faith. These may include: volunteering, networking and/or connecting with mentors, invest in reading widely, working out, to name  just a few. How are you using your time now? I’ll wait….

Whatever you do as you wait on your blessing many times will either hurt or help your faith journey. Relaxing post-graduation is what all of us need to do, but the moment you’ve bounced back from your vacation, begin thinking of a plan to help you stay busy, actively working towards your goal, and trusting that no matter, God got yo back! If he brought you this far, he sure won’t leave you now.

So, with all of that being said. let the adventure begin.

Congratulations to the class of 2018!

Peace, Love, & Blessings,

Ja’La