In your life, there are voices asking you, “what is next?” This could be your own voice, or a voice from parents, advisors and nagging friends and family. Although not everyone has an answer to “what is next?,” guidance is available.
Students at Northwestern were given an opportunity to participate in a seven-week book study over the book “After College” by Erica Young Reitz with their first meeting on Feb. 1, with breaks in the study to accommodate for Spring Break and Easter Break. Topics of discussion will include calling, work, spiritual disciplines, relationships (such as friends, family and dating) and stewardship.
Senior theatre major Maddie Loats thought that participating in the book study seemed like “a fun idea. It’s a book I have been wanting to read for a while,” Loats said. “I am hoping to get some insight from what life could look like after I graduate this May.”
Junior elementary education major Kaliegh Metzger was curious about the process. “I signed up for the book study so I could learn about the transition from college to after college life,” Metzger said. She is enticed to listen to what the leaders have to say about the topics. “I am hoping to gain a sense of knowing that it is okay that if life right after college does not go the way that I planned, because ultimately God is in control of our life and his plan is always better.”
The seven modules of “After College” include “In transition,” “Choosing community,” “Spiritual journey,” “Family Matters,” “A faith that works,” Financial Faithfulness,” and “Celebration & commisioning.” Additional courses are available for the curriculum.
The author, Reitz, is the founder of an organization that helps people such as college students, – specifically seniors “get the proven resources they need for equipping students to thrive after college,” according to her biography on Intervarsity Press.