With springtime upon us the commencement of thousands of college graduates will take place in the Tallahassee area. Local schools, such as Tallahassee Community College, which awarded over 3,000 degrees last year, will issue more degrees this coming April. Florida State University and its 40,000 students will have even more degrees to hand out, and the #1 HBCU (Historically Black College/University), Florida A&M University, according to U.S. News and World Report college ranking for HBCU’s, will have its own share of degrees to deliver.
These graduates have undoubtedly had to endure a number of setbacks, enormous amounts of stress and frustration, and plenty nerve wrecking nights, in an effort to become a college graduate. They have had to persevere through countless assignments being handed out by different professors, some of whom who have seemed to lost their empathy for a struggling college student. They have shown continued perseverance and ability to maintain focus, through the litany of distractions that every college student faces. Florida State University might have the notorious reputation as being one of America’s top party schools, but its students seem to overcome the distractions of partying, as 50% of its students graduate within 4 years. This is despite the growing trend of students taking longer to earn a 4 year degree.
In a world of instant messages, high speed phones, and instant access to information having patience is viewed more as being inconvenienced, rather than a virtue. However the graduates of 2012 would have experienced standing in long lines during registration, waited to gain access to busy or detached professors, or took longer than expected to grasp all the concepts of that 4000 level course they took in their second year. At Florida A&M University where 41% of students graduate within 6 years, students have had to maintain their patience in order to accomplish their goals.
Although all of this year’s graduates are not people who pray, their time in college, which for a lot of them, was their first experience of the unforgiving reality of adult-life, would have been an ideal time to start praying. Many area churches have scores of college students in their congregation, as prayer can become their only solace during the difficult, yet rewarding time in college. Prayer, as the old adage claims, can change things and college is a fitting place to test the power of prayer.
Perseverance, patience, and prayer are three useful tips that can be added to any manual for entering college freshmen, just ask the graduating seniors of 2012.