5 Ways to Transition After Graduation
Written by T.M. Gaouette | May 13, 2014
Ladies, are you graduating this year? How do you feel about it? Are you going off to high school, college or getting a job? Graduation is a huge moment of transition. And because of this, it’s also a great time to reevaluate your life!
Often, we pass from one stage of our lives to another without much thought. But taking transitions seriously and using them to reevaluate our lives allows us to make sure we’re on track with where we want to be, whether spiritually, emotionally or physically.
Here are some ways that you can transition effectively after graduation:
- Take a moment to evaluate your faith. Are you on track with God? Is your faith strong? Has it always been strong? If you’ve had moments of doubt or if your relationship with God has severed in the past, how did you get back on track? How can you avoid doubt in the future? Will it be through the new friends you meet or the old ones that remain in your life? Your church? Your family? You need to stay strong in your faith and build your relationship with Christ, so instill a plan of action that will ensure that.
- Take a moment to evaluate your relationships. Are your relationships strong? Are they positive? During this moment of transition, it’s always a good idea to recognize the goodness of your friendships, and if there are people in your life who are negatively influencing you, then you may want to consider severing those relationships. This is also a great time to determine the kind of people you want to meet and hang out with at college or your work. You should also look at yourself and the kind of friend you have been. Have you been kind, compassionate, patient, generous and helpful in your friendships? If you have slacked in some areas, decide how you can change that!
- Take a moment to evaluate your life. Where have you been and where do you want to go? You have many years in the future to live, so now’s a great time to focus on ways to make those future years positive. Things aren’t always going to be great in your life and you’re going to make mistakes. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t change direction or make a promise that you’re going to try not to make those mistakes again!
- Take a moment to evaluate your character. Who have you been and who do you want to be? What kind of person have you become? Who you are and how you act are obviously an outward reflection of you. Do you care what others think about you? Well, if you are a follower of Christ, then your character should represent Christ positively!
- Take a moment to evaluate your talent. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? It’s a blessing to find yourself involved in a job that you enjoy, so now’s a great time to determine whether you’re headed in the direction of your talent or interest. Whether starting college or a job, it’s easy or tempting to resolve ourselves to the concept that we’ll just do anything and see where it takes us. But sometimes this attitude extends beyond college or after our first few years at work. Make every moment count, and allow it to be a positive or helpful means toward your goal job. Oh, and always be sure that whatever you do glorifies God!
It’s really important to remember that we are in control of who we are and what we do. And if we want to be the best we can be, we should take advantage of transitional moments throughout our lives to reevaluate these areas. It will keep us on track and it will keep us accountable. So make graduation the first of many moments throughout your life when you stop to reevaluate who you are, so you can better represent Christ in everything you say and everything that you do!
Ladies, how do you feel about taking a moment in your life to reevaluate yourself?