Column: Graduation expectations

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Column: Graduation expectations

If you’re a senior like me, you’ve probably been asked, “What are you doing after graduation?”

I get nervous when people ask me this. It’s like they expect you to know your life plan even before commencement on May 9.

My plans right now are to graduate. Just because I’m a senior doesn’t necessarily mean I have a free pass to graduation. I have to excel in my school work and not slack off because of ‘senioritis,’ which I haven’t experienced, yet.

Certain majors have set jobs. For example, nursing, accounting and education majors, don’t have too much trouble in figuring out what they want to do after graduation.

I understand that they stress about stuff like where exactly to apply and in what state or country, but they have a general direction.

And I also understand that some people in other majors know exactly what they want to do.

But as for me, I have no idea.

And I know that it may scare people that I have no idea, but it doesn’t scare me. I’ve looked around for jobs and applied for some, but I haven’t made any decisions yet because God hasn’t given me a direction.

One of my favorite books is Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges. If you haven’t read the book, I suggest you do because it is filled with encouragement. The book is filled with great quotations, but there’s one that I’ve continued to look back on that encourages me.

“God’s plan and His way of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.”

We simply have to put our trust in God.

I feel like some seniors rush to have postgraduate plans because they don’t trust God to find plans for them or create a plan that works for them. I’m not saying that you should be idle and look for signs in the clouds rather than applying for jobs. All I’m saying is if God hasn’t directed you somewhere, why rush to a job?

I know having a job after graduation is a security blanket. Some of you may have college debt, and having a job lined up gives you peace of mind. But God will provide. He knows what your needs are.

For all those seniors who don’t have a plan for after graduation, don’t stress. God has a plan for you. Continue to be diligent in your work and prayer life and wait upon the Lord.