Graduation. The day that college students across the country dream about for years. Graduation day brings a deluge of emotions, most are positive like joy, pride, and excitement, but the big day can also bring some not-so-positive emotions like dread and even fear. After all, for the past few years (or months, depending on your program), you have been comfortable as a student, moving from semester to semester, expanding your knowledge base and increasing your skill set, but what now? You’ve finished your education, and now it’s time to enter the “real world” as a college graduate (even non-traditional students who have real world experience are now starting over as college graduates). College graduation anxiety is something that affects people of all ages.
Even if you’ve raised a family and have been in the workforce for years, or even decades, one thing has changed. You are now a family member or employee with a college degree (or advanced degree), and that changes things a bit. Are you experiencing some fear upon graduation from Colorado Christian University? Are you still not sure what, exactly, you’re going to do with the degree you’ve earned? If so, you’re not alone. Each semester, CCU students are handed their diploma with a big smile on their face and a mass of butterflies in their stomach. But there’s a way to fight to post-graduation fears. Many CCU students look to their faith to fight these very common, post-graduation worries.
Bible Verses to Fight Fear
If you need encouragement from God’s Word to manage college graduation anxiety or to fight any fears you may be experiencing, you may find strength in these Bible verses about fear and courage:
- Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
- Joshua 1:9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
- 1 Chronicles 28:20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
- Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
- 1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
When we are secure in His love and salvation, we will make it through anything, in spite of our fears–even graduation from college and entering or re-entering the workforce.
Advice from Forbes Magazine
On a different note, Forbes magazine has offered some tips for the college graduates of 2012. While these suggestions may not be faith-based, they are helpful and Christians can benefit from good business advice just as much as the non-Christian college graduate. According to online article published by Forbes and written by Mike Myatt, “Moving from the security of university life to the insecurity of life as a job seeker in a down economy is well…daunting.”
Myatt offers some suggestions for those leaving academia and entering the workforce:
- The difference between those who overcome challenges and those who succumb to them is largely one of attitude and perspective. Embrace challenges and setbacks as not just refining moments, but also as defining moments. Don’t fall prey to challenges; learn from them. Remember, the perception of failure through one lens can often be a springboard to success when viewed through a different filter.
- The world can take many things from you, but your faith is not one of them. Only you can surrender your faith. Never lose hope.
- Think “selfless” as opposed to “selfish.” Family and friends are worth more than job titles. Life is about people – not things. The funny thing is, if you do right by people things will never be an issue.
- Conformity to the norm will merely sentence you to mediocrity, obsolescence, and irrelevance. Everyone has unique gifts and talents, and the earlier you discover and develop yours the better off you’ll be…Everything you do should enhance and reinforce your story.
- Any job is a good job starting out. The most important life skill you can develop is leadership ability. You don’t have to be in charge to lead – you can lead in any capacity regardless of the position you hold.
- As you continue your journey of personal and professional growth, shift your sights from the modest pursuit of success to the passionate pursuit of significance. Find something bigger than you, and become a passionate, committed servant of whatever that cause or endeavor may be.
- Happiness and joy are not one in the same – happiness comes and goes – it’s fleeting at best, it’s most often deceptive, and at worst the pursuit of happiness above all else can lead to ruin. Joy however is something that can be found in any circumstance or setting. It’s the joyful people who stand out to me. They are the lemonade makers – the ones who see the best in people, not the worst.
The faculty and staff at Colorado Christian University believe that faith can conquer anything, and we hope our recent graduates look upon the completion of their degree program as an exciting, rather than fearful time of their lives. With faith in the Lord, the possibilities for growth and success are endless.