In this exciting season where many are graduation and moving on to new and greater things, here are just a few tips to help you get through the transition after school!
1. Take a quick breather
Burnout is a real thing. You have been working so hard to get through the end of school, you’ve had a million deadlines, had to send out graduation invitations, and endure family questions about “plans for your future”. If you do not take some time for yourself after this very hectic period in your life, you run a big chance of being burnt out before you even start school or work! Take some time to visit with your friends and family. Read some of those books or watch some of those TV shows you had to put off during the last couple of months of school. When you start your next step (whether it’s work or more school) you are going to appreciate the little break you got!
2. Don’t panic!
Don’t panic: the best years of your life are not behind you! A super common theme in Hollywood is that you have to get everything out in school because “those are the best days of your life”. YOU DO NOT need to rush to “experience life”! I am here to tell you, (as someone who made it out on the other side) that your best days are absolutely not behind you. Adulthood is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, and those highs make the whole adult thing worthwhile.
3. Don’t forget the toilet paper
I remember it like it was yesterday. I arrived at college bright-eyed and bushy tailed. I had my shower caddy, all my notebooks, and color-coordinated and matching purple dorm bed sheets. I put all my stuff down and realized- no toilet paper! While you are in this transition in life, don’t forget the really practical things. It’s amazing how much I missed my Mom in that instant. Enjoy your new freedom to be you, but don’t forget to think practically.
4. God will never leave you.
Whether you are a new graduate, or your child is the new graduate: the most important thing to remember is that God will never leave you. His Word says in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Don’t fear or tremble before them, because the LORD your God will be the one who keeps on walking with you—he won’t leave you or abandon you.” I know big life changes can be scary, but you do not need to be afraid because God is going with you into this next step of your life. And He will never leave you or abandon you.