Answering the “What’s After High School?” Question

Hey guys!

I am finally a senior in high school this year, and I’m soo excited for this season of life and for everything that comes after. I’m trying to really enjoy my last year of school and not stress too much (eep) about grades and how to balance everything out. And what’s really fun is that I (Hadassah) am a senior with Caroline, Honor, Summer, and Savannah. So we all get to experience our senior year together, which is pretty cool. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sooo… I’m going to be honest and jump right in: the ‘what are your plans after high school?’ question is terrifying.

I got it a few times as a junior, but pretty much the instant I qualified as a senior, I now get it about six times a week. Pastors, friends’ moms, random old ladies I bump into at my job… you name it.

How on earth do I answer that question when I don’t know? I don’t know what I’m doing after high school… and I realize that some of you may be in the same boat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being okay with not knowing

I love this post from Honor last year where she talked about future plans and being open to God on everything. It’s such an important truth to realize that God has our lives in His hands. And my goodness, I am so glad He does.

I have to be so OPEN to God all the time because if I’m 100% honest, I have no idea what I’m doing after high school. If you know me you know that I was called to be a missionary at 13 and that is still hugely on my heart. It’s my calling… but I don’t know where God is going to take me. I might end up in Peru or Uganda or He may lead me to stay in the USA.

But here’s the thing:

God knows exactly where I’m supposed to be and I have the faith He’ll lead me there.

I tell myself this often: I have to be open with saying ‘okay’ to God and following His Will. All the way, every day, in everything I do.

Draw close to God and learn more about Him. There is so much power in prayer! Even in our not-knowing, He is still there and I trust His all-knowing power.

Like Honor said, “Sometimes Godโ€™s plan for our life lines up with what we want โ€“ and sometimes He has something else in mind, something we may not have considered.”

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)

Remaining patient & enjoying this season

My word of 2021 is ‘content’ and it has been such an amazing word for this year. Because the more content I am with who God made me to be and where I am in life, I find the more at peace I am.

It’s also easy to itch for something else, for the next thing, for after-graduation everything. Sometimes I want to KNOW so badly what comes after next May.

But I continually find peace in this verse:

“…be content with what you have, for he has said, โ€œI will never leave you nor forsake you.โ€ (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)

I was given some advice as a freshman in high school a few years ago, and this was the base: enjoy this season of life as a single girl and enjoy the company of your family and friends before everyone goes in different directions. Try new things and learn more about yourself!

Just super basic advice, but it has really helped me love the life God has given me and ease my worries.

What do I say?

So how exactly do I answer the question? Do I even have a good answer for the question?

It may sound scary, but lately I’ve been telling people that I’m open to wherever God puts me. Like I said earlier, that might be an entire different country, but He knows what He’s doing!
Have comfort in that when we’re a mess, He’s got us. He picks up our messes and fixes all of our broken pieces. If you’re off to college after high school, be open but don’t freak out about not knowing exactly what college yet. I’ve been praying so much lately about the future but God has also been reminding me to stay in touch with my present. He’s got me, and He’s got you. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

I hope this helped y’all! As a side note, I also just want to say my thoughts might be completely rambled together. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I just want to encourage ones who are in this boat with me!

// hadassah margaret //

6 thoughts on “Answering the “What’s After High School?” Question

  1. Hannah Pollock says:

    Thank you so much for writing this, Hadassah! It is a subject most definitely not talked about enough.
    Just the past couple months, I have really leaned into the word “content” as well! It was a journey, but God has brought a peace to my mind that my very anxious self could not have done alone. As someone who has decided not to attend university, the infamous question makes me very nervous, haha. But I’m learning, you’re learning, I pray we are all learning how to respond gracefully and confidently! God’s got you. โค

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  2. Emily says:

    I feel you, that question is terrifying! Now 3 years out of high school, my plan is still to trust God one year at a time. I want to encourage you to keep doing the same! It may be counter-cultural to not have an impressive all-planned-out college/career answer when people ask, but I realized that few people actually follow their original plan anyway, misusing a lot of time and money in the process. On the other hand, God has given me many wonderful opportunities that I could never have planned. While I may feel behind not knowing what comes next, actually, none of us know the future. But you and I do know one thing, God has a plan! We are more prepared for the future than anyone knowing that! What this time is for is continuing to learn and grow in every way you can, embracing new opportunities that come your way, and properly discerning each new step. Maybe your future is a little uncertain now, but in the years to come you will be so grateful that you used this time to strengthen your trust in God, and didn’t pursue empty paths just to satisfy the world’s expectations. We aren’t lost, we are free, free to follow the perfect plan of our perfect, all-loving Father.

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