No. 63: the struggle of the unimpressive (future) college student

When you hit high school there’s a question that never really goes away. Eager adults with high expectations approach the scared little high school students and say: “SO! Whatcha gonna do when you get out of high school?”

A fully loaded question that a lot of teenagers don’t have the answer to. And to my knowledge, a lot of adults don’t either.

So, if they don’t know, i’m pretty positive we don’t 😂 There’s a lot of pressure in high school to make sure you have it all together before you throw your cap in the air. Have your college choices locked, have your major set, have your dorm room rug and curtain matching.

A good portion of people ask “So what’re you gonna major in?” “What are you doing about college?” “How are you gonna support yourself?” It’s all a lot when you’re not ready, but nonetheless, we’re all thrown into it eventually.

There are the record breaking ones with highly ambitious majors and scholarships and GPA scores and awards. (which is amazing, don’t read me wrong) And then there are the ones like me where school has always been hard and generally uninteresting, the GPA is average, the classes are regulars and your major doesn’t sound anywhere near as special.

When did community college and regulars classes become shameful? When did it become unimpressive and disgraceful if you went to a smaller, cheaper college? (or even not going at all)

Sometimes people ask their questions and don’t get the answer they wanted. They wanna hear the plans of a future neurosurgeon rocket scientist that plans to cure cancer, not a freelance graphic designer that also plans to sing. Sounds like a joke right? Community college doesn’t mean you’ve failed and universities don’t mean it wasn’t hard for them/you.

I’m reminded that God is fully impressed and enamored with me, no matter what my major is, who my contacts are, what I end up doing. Sometimes I feel like a black sheep, I feel less than. I feel not good enough or not on the same page as everyone else because school didn’t come easy. But I know God has a bigger, broader thing in mind for me than I have for myself.

It’s easy to get discouraged. Believe me, I am a lot. But, don’t let it stop you from just going. Living, not stopping.

So, future/current college student, don’t stop the grind. No matter where you end up, work at it with full force. You’re doing great.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23

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