Guest Post: Turning Chapters – Life After College

I recently received another guest post by Paige Donahue about the struggles in life after college, and an inspiring story about how she dealt with it: 

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College students strive hard to be able to graduate and earn a degree. They would spend countless of hours studying for an exam or preparing for class reports in order to get the passing grade needed to be able to finish a course. They would literally stay up late to make sure that all their academic tasks have been taken cared of. This would go on for four years or so, until they reach their graduation day.

Though getting out of college can bring a feeling of relief and excitement, some graduates would also experience a feeling of self-doubt and withdrawal after leaving the comforts of the campus. They would feel a bit overwhelmed with the thought of having to face the big world that is very unfamiliar to them. Unlike college, wherein they can still enjoy the luxury of being young and reckless, the corporate world requires them to be professional and be mindful of all their actions.

That thought scared me. As a fresh graduate who got used to the usual routine of my college life, I became afraid of what the new chapter of my life will offer me. As a matter of fact, I even doubted if I am really ready to face the world outside the comforts of the four corners of the classroom. I felt as if every move that I will make will be a failure.

Yet multi-awarded actor/director Alan Alda once said, “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.

I tried to apply his message to my life, and slowly make my way out of my shell to force myself to get used to the idea of moving forward in life. One by one, I let go of my inhibitions. I told myself that I have no other choice but to take one step at a time in order to achieve my goals in life.

The passage from Jeremiah 29:11 that says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future,” also helped console me. Knowing that our Creator is on my back helped me gain my confidence to face what lies ahead.

For the past couple of months, I have been busy preparing myself to face the professional world. This is the time for me to apply everything that I learned back in school. I told myself that I did not spent a lot of sleepless nights for nothing, and that I have to make a contribution to our society by sharing my God-given talents and the skills that I got from the university. That served as my inspiration to move forward and embrace my new world as a  college graduate.

So for those who are also having cold-feet after college, remember that being afraid of what lies ahead will only be the hindrance to the path that you want to pursue. You have to overcome all your fears and begin the new leaf of your life with confidence and determination. For sure, you will be able to get whatever you are aiming for. Just have faith and never let your doubts prevent you from reaching your goals.

About the writer:

As a striving young professional, Paige Donahue still encounters the ups and downs of life. Yet she knows that she can face everything if she puts her heart and mind into it. For now, she earns a living by working for an essay writing company. You can get to know her more by checking out her blog, https://verylastpaige.wordpress.com/.

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