25 Things To Know After High School

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  1. This is just the beginning of start of something new. Greater things lie ahead of you.
  2. You are still growing. You don’t fully know yourself once you leave high school. Learn to spend time with yourself. Write in a journal. Document the things you like/dislike.
  3. The people you used to hang around or called your friends may or will drift apart. You have to understand that sometimes separation is good for your soul. Your friends from high school will attend different universities and they too will make new friends. Sometimes, when people meet new people, they gravitate towards them more. Friendship is a two way street. If you realize that your the one that constantly making effort to maintain the friendship, you have to reevaluate the friends in your life. Understand that certain people are seasonal friends. There were only meant t to be apart of the journey for a while. Either ways, understand that there is a purpose to every encounter. Yes, you may cry or feel upset because of the separation but see it for good. You will meet new people along the journey. Sometimes, because of the pain of past friendships, you will start to guard your heart because you don’t want to get hurt. You must also understand and get to a point in your life knowing that everyone is not out to hurt you. Some people mean well for you. Pray and ask God to direct your pathway; to direct you towards people who want to grow. God has a plan far greater than your understanding. Take things one day at a time, daily seeking HIM. *This is something I struggled to understand even when I was in college. I value friendship so when I realized that it wasn’t being reciprocated it was painful. I had friends from high school who will never reach out to me unless it was convenient for them. 7 months will pass and you won’t hear not even a “Hey. How are you?”. If it wasn’t me reaching out to them, then forget it. If your friends don’t prioritize you, don’t prioritize them either. Make time to make time for those who make time for you.
  4. Not everyone will attend college. I’m sure you have heard people say “College is not for me”. Some people will start a family right after high school. Others will go into the military, cosmetology school, get a job and etc.
  5. Your perspective on life may change. You will go through certain experiences that will make you stronger. Life isn’t easy but you will learn and grow through the trials of life. Your trials will turn into testimonies.
  6. Learn to save. At a young age, you think the money your making is nothing so you spend it recklessly on things you don’t need. I can’t say this was a struggle for me because I’m very frugal. Honey, I’m not cheap but I think before I spend. Money doesn’t come easy. It doesn’t fall off a tree.
  7. Learn to clean/cook. At least learn to boil eggs and make rice. Learning how to make the basics can help you along the journey. “You are beautiful; but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.” -Congolese Proverb
  8. Procrastination will not get you anywhere. It will only set you back. Learn to create deadlines for yourself. If you want to start a Youtube channel or even write a book, set a date for yourself when you want to finish your manuscript/release your first video.
  9. Make yourself a priority. Respect + Take care of yourself. Demand nothing less than respect for yourself. Be comfortable with spending time with yourself. It’s not everyday spending time with people.
  10. Learn to love yourself, flaws and all. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
  11. Attitude is everything. Check yourself. Having a bad attitude will not get you far. It seems cute in high school but it will not take you anywhere.
  12. Keep A To Do List & Stick With It. It’s one thing to write a list and it’s another thing to accomplish it.
  13. Try To Read A Book Every Month.
  14. Spend Less Time On Social Media. Stop focusing on what you see on people’s timeline. Stop comparing yourself. It’s not everything you see, is true. Embrace your journey. Where you are, is for a purpose.
  15. Set Goals For Yourself.
  16. Get to know people who are older than you. They have lived life and there’s always something to learn from them.
  17. Travel. Discover new hobbies. Expand your horizon. Try new foods.
  18. Enjoy your sleep while you can.
  19. Live for today. Time is all we have. If you want to do something, go for it.
  20. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes but learn from them.
  21. Your in charge of your time. No more mama waking you up to get ready for school or get your act together. You need to get it together.
  22. Meet new people. Learn about different cultures. You don’t have to be around the same circle of friends. Don’t put a limit to the people your going to meet.
  23. Not everyone you meet is your friend. Get to know people for yourself. Your friend’s (friend) isn’t necessary your friend.
  24. Be fearless. Take risk. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Progress cannot be made in a comfort zone (sister).
  25. Live stress free. Laugh often. Love always.

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The Transition

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Where do I even start? I’m lost with words about the journey. My heart is filled with gratitude but at the same time it’s bittersweet moment. I believe that sometimes, we don’t know where we are going until we reach our destination. I have so many emotions right now as I write this post, but for the most part I’m bittersweet. In a few weeks, I will be graduating with a degree in Public Health/Certificate in Child Advocacy. Being in university, has been awesome. The trials turned into testimonies. All I can say is thank you God. I’m so grateful for all the amazing people God allowed me to cross paths with on this journey. If I were to write about my journey, I will be here forever. I will end up even crying. I have shed enough tears these past few days;  tears of joy. It’s been a blessing. God has been faithful.

Snippet of the journey: When I graduated from high school, I was originally supposed to go straight to a four-year college. Things didn’t work out so I ended up attending a community college. To be honest, the process of applying to college and filling out Fafsa was something I had to do on my own. My parent’s didn’t go to college so their understanding of the process wasn’t vast. Fast forward, I attended community college for three years, graduated then transferred to another University. Honestly, attending a community college was a good decision because I got to save money. College is fun but stressful too. After transferring to a new school, it was hard because the first few weeks, you don’t really know anyone. It can get lonely when people around you like your roommate have already made friends and you are just chilling in your room. As time progress, you will meet people. Making friends your first or second week is fine but I believe that it’s good to get to know people before you call them your friends. You have be mindful of the people you call your friends. Knowing the difference between friend and associate will help you big time on this journey called life.

Pros of being a college student:

  1. I loved the different organizations/events that were held on campus.
  2. The opportunity to live on campus
  3. Being able to connect with my sisters/brothers in Christ
  4. Have a good relationship with my professors/shuttle drivers
  5. I enjoyed the classes that I took besides statistics because Math is not my cup of tea.
  6. Meeting international student 🙂
  7. Going to retreats with InterVarsity (I’m going to miss it)
  8. Being apart of Cru & InterVarsity/other organizations
  9. The friends God has blessed me with. (Grateful).
  10. Being able to meet people on campus.

Cons of being a college student:

  1. Having so many assignments to complete.
  2. Financial aid issues
  3. Taking a shuttle from one place to another.
  4. Roommate issues
  5. Not having a variety of food places.

Overall, college life was amazing. To be honest, college is what you make it. I made the most out of it. I’m beyond grateful for the souls God allowed me to meet. You every meet someone and wonder, where have you been all my life? Yup. That is how I felt about the people I met. I’m grateful for the journey. Though, it’s bittersweet and the days are drawing near, the memories will forever live on. Make the most out of each day you are given. Embrace the season that you are in. Focus on your goals but never forget God in the process. He is the reason for it all. Without God, I am Nothing. My family, friends and loved ones have played a huge role on this journey. I’m thankful for them all.

Note from me to you:

No matter where you are on your journey, seek God. Draw nearer to him. Embrace the season that you are in. Create memories. Don’t rush the process. Cherish every moment. These years of being in college will never be the same after you graduate. Reality hits and you may not see your friends in years. In order to maintain the friendship, both parties have to do their parts. Life is a journey and sometimes, certain doors have to close for new ones to open. Even though, I’m not sure of what lies ahead, I know who goes before me and behind me. One thing I know for sure, is that when God is in it, everything will work out in his timing, according to his will. God’s plans for me/us are of good. I’m going to miss being in college. Walking to class, working alongside with my classmates, partaking in different organizations, getting free shirts from events and just the feeling of being a college student. To everyone who walked along with me through this journey, thank you. I’m grateful for you. I appreciate you. God bless you. 🙂

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.” -Jeremiah 29:11

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

Until next time, stay rooted in Christ. Keep on pressing on. Don’t give up on yourself/God. Everything will work for you. Take things one day at a time. Stay Blessed & Encouraged. Jesus loves you 🙂
Jenessa Wait