The uncertain job market for class of 2020 and the pandemic has produced so much fear, panic, and anxiety. Wouldn’t you agree? From college students being sent home, leaving the first generation college student stuck and homeless in some cases; I can very well say, this is a worldwide event that seems uncontrollable.
After having to go through my own set of obstacles as a first-generation college student, who graduated into an uncertain job market, I have learned a few things in rising above obstacles. I have learned to stand on my own two feet. Regardless of what surrounds me, I have learned to not give into fear. Most importantly, I have learned to overcome.
Here are some practical tips of how I was able to navigate through uncontrollable life events:
1) STAYING POSITIVE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSARY
Rather than obsessively having your eyes and ears open to the negative things going on, why not find the good in the struggles, in the hurdles. There are some first generation college students who aren’t able to make it home, however, there are many who have homes to go to. Nonetheless, I’ve found that there are many kind-hearted individuals coming together to provide resources. Including some colleges paying for their student’s travel.
Which brings me to my point, I am compelled to offer my book for free to college students, to help them overcome this hurdle set before them. Yes, you heard me right, I want to give it to you for free! For those most likely to listen to podcasts, I also have a podcast Introducing Sasha Frank where I speak about how I overcame unforeseen and uncontrollable events that came in navigating life after college.
2) YOU CAN’T CONTROL CORONAVIRUS, BUT WHAT CAN YOU CONTROL?
Many times we focus on what we can’t control, rather than focusing on what we can. What can you control in this situation? How can you change your mindset? Can you face the stark issues of why you’re crumbling in the face of adversity, if so, how? Will you learn to push past obstacles that will, indeed, come, with or without notice?
For example, I can’t control this time… but, what I can control is what I do with my time. So, let me ask you, what are you doing with your time?
Plus, when we know that God has everything under His control we can be at ease. We recognize that no matter what is going on we can still have peace in the middle of the storm. So, building and developing your relationship with God is so crucial, it was the only way I stayed sane.
3) CORONAVIRUS HELPS YOUR RECOGNIZE WHAT’S IMPORTANT
As a college student, first-generation or not, we start to think temporary things are what gives purpose. You think that all you need to do is graduate, get the degree, get the job, the house, the money, etc. However, in times such as this, we realize that you can have the job, you can have the money, you can even have the home; but, it will won’t help you in these uncontrollable events.
It can be used for good, such as those offering their homes to college students who do not have a place to go. But, if our sole purpose in life is to gain, gain, gain; then we quickly realize in times such as these, that is truly holds no value.
Follow my journey, as I share how I learned to overcome in navigating uncontrollable and unforeseen events that happened as life after college.