Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Graduation: What's Next?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Graduation: What's Next?

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A Christian Science perspective.

It's that time of year - students all over are donning caps and gowns and taking the stage to receive their diplomas. Graduation season is a time of celebration and pride for young scholars, families, and educators, as they gather to commemorate and applaud students' academic achievements.

For a lot of students, however, graduation can be a little bit of a shock. When I graduated from college, my pride at having received a diploma was mixed with a sudden fear about having to get "restarted." I'd spent four years carving out a social and academic niche at college, and now all of a sudden I didn't have the benefit of that structure anymore. Even though I felt well prepared for finding a career and working as an adult, I also felt directionless and scared. I worried about having to begin all over again, with a new job, new city, and new friends, and I didn't know how to get started.

A lot of my friends felt the same way. To a graduate walking across the stage, the future seems so open, and the decisions so life-changing. It's a simultaneously liberating and terrifying feeling.

At graduation, or at any point where we're unsure about the future or don't feel like we know how to get started on something, there is a spiritual solution at hand. We can pray to understand more of our relationship with God, who is always present to guide us through challenges large and small.

A psalm provides this sweet assurance of God's guidance: "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye" (32:8). And the book of Isaiah contains the following promise of guidance: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (41:10). …

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