5 Things Every Graduate Needs to Hear

The month of May usually finds students across the country with only one thing on their mind: Summer vacation! But for many, this yearly pause comes with an added weight of expectation.

Graduation. The end game of the elementary, the medal of honor for the middle schooler, and the holy grail of the high school senior. For many, this long awaited day is fast approaching. But before these happy few take off for parts unknown, make sure they take a little time-honored wisdom with them as they go.

 

Change Is Coming

Truly, graduation marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Peeking out from underneath the shelter of family and the security of childhood can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Dive in to the “new.” Don’t be afraid to live into this time of transformation!

 

Rise to the Challenge

You got this! Yes, “adulting” is hard. Yes, you will make mistakes. Yes, you will find that the world is a lot more complicated than you thought. But you can make it! When you fall, get back up again.

 

Ask Questions

Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions. This next step is just part of the never ending journey of life-long learning. No one expects you to have all the answers already. No one expects you to be completely “put together” either. Never let the fear of embarrassment keep you from growing.

 

Remember Where You Come From

Just because you’re about to spread your wings and fly doesn’t mean you’re not welcome back at the nest. Remember the lessons you learned as a child. Remember the place you called home for so long. Take those memories with you and remember they will always be a part of who you are.

 

Trust God to Guide You

If you decide to listen to any of this advice, at least know this: God will always be with you. Trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit to open your mind and direct your path. Share your experiences with Jesus. Your successes, excitement, fears, and even failures are important to Him. Even when He feels distant (and maybe even especially then) remember that the Father holds all of us close to His heart.

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