“Worry isn’t an option for me, worry isn’t welcome in my life.”
With many students staring uncertainty in the face, how can they remain hopeful going forward? We spoke to Beth, a final year student in Sheffield, whose plans for life after graduation have a question mark next to them, but even so, she shares how she’s been able to remain peaceful in discomfort.
As a final year student, how are you feeling?
“The uncertainty of life feels uncomfortable, but even in that, there’s still peace. It’s true that big decisions need to be made, but they’re not permanent. A lot of people see the future as one choice, one permanent thing, but it’s not. It’s a process of choices.”
As Beth considers the choices and actions that she makes in this season, she reflects on where her source of hope comes from.
"How can I not have hope for the future when I know what He’s done?"
“Honestly, the hope I have comes from the trust I have in God. I often reflect on how He’s provided for me and how I wouldn’t be where I am without that. He’s been present throughout my whole life, so how can I not have hope for the future when I know what He’s done?”
For many students, including Beth, feeling worried in uncertainty is common, but in the moments where anxiety tries to creep in, Beth chooses a different response.
“If I feel worried, I come back to the truths that I know. Worry isn’t an option for me, worry isn’t welcome in my life. The future isn’t a race and I’m only 21 years old. I have time to work out what’s next.”
“...and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
Though graduate schemes and job applications may differ to years prior, Beth recognises the benefit that her year group has over years graduating before her.
“Practically speaking, next steps are unknown, so we need to develop perseverance as we go into the working world.”
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
How are you doing? If you are a final year student considering what God may be calling you into next in this season, you are invited to take part in a prep for graduation session.