It’s June! University and college seniors are gearing up for the end of an era. Commencement ceremonies bring a host of mixed feelings as graduates celebrate, leave behind cherished friendships and take different paths to future endeavours.
Graduation can seem stressful even though it’s intended to be a joyful time. Graduates are being challenged to put their degrees to work in a world where the job market seems unsure and graduate placements unattainable – all amid feelings of being overwhelmed in this time of significant social change.
Post Commencement Stress Disorder (PCSD) is a term coined of late to describe the symptoms affecting new graduates when they leave the comforting bubble of the academic world.
Self-doubt, tinged however with optimism, is fuelled by feeling our abilities are defined by a piece of paper – the result of lectures, exams and successful marks; or, by a job market that is subject to a wide variety of human influences. But our experience needn’t feel so limited and our future can be more secure if we understand and acknowledge the spiritual source from which our talents and abilities come and by which all aspects of our lives are governed.Continue Reading