My College Degree was a Waste.

Having graduated from ORU 4 months ago, there are certain expectations that come with that.

Right out of the gate, you should have a job lined up because of all of the amazing connections that you made while you attended there. You should probably be married, engaged, or at least in a relationship. You should be plugged into a local church (or your church back home) where you can post about how much you love your city and love your church.

And it is so easy to feel like a little less of a person when you are one of the very few graduates who don’t have a permanent job after graduation. And trust me when I say I am not bashing those who do. I am extremely proud of all of my fellow grads who hit the ground running.

But there is still a handful of us who, well, didn’t hit the ground running. I can safely say that it isn’t like we haven’t tried. I spend hours online searching for a job literally every day. From applying to the non-profit of my dreams to apply to be a receptionist of a car dealership, you name it! If you think you have an idea of a job that I could apply for, I’m 99% sure I’ve already applied.

Currently, I’m living the glamorous life of being a server at a local restaurant here in Tulsa. I was serving a couple who were alumni of ORU. They proceeded with the normal conversation that most of my guests have with me.

“How old are you?” the gentleman asked. “Oh, I’m 22. I know I look 12,” I chuckled uncomfortably. “Oh, so you are older?” he continued. “Where did you go to school?” “I graduated from ORU this past April.” “Really?” the woman responded. “With what?” “Ministry and Leadership with a concentration in Church Administration.” “Oh man, and you work here?” the man asked. “That degree must have been a waste.”

I smile, awkwardly nodded (what else was I supposed to do) and walked away.

That degree must have been a waste.

That phrase has stuck with me for weeks. Was it a waste? Did I waste 4 years of my life studying something just to be a server at a restaurant? Surely God has something greater for me, right? RIGHT!?

Yeah, He probably does. Actually, I know He does.

The whole reason I came to ORU because I wanted to start my own ministry. My degree (besides my experience) is the one thing that could prepare me the most for that journey when it happens.

I’m a single, 22-year-old graduate from ORU. Was my degree a waste? Possibly. But the amazing thing about the God we serve is that He doesn’t need us to have a college degree (or a man) to fulfill His purpose for us. My degree does not define me. I am extremely proud of who I’ve become and I wouldn’t take those 4 years back for anything. (Yes, the title was click bait. #sorrynotsorry)

So if there’s anyone out there like me, who doesn’t have it all together, who didn’t graduate with a job lined up, who didn’t graduate at all, any time spent following the Father is NOT a waste. His plans for us are far above anything we could ever imagine.


6 thoughts on “My College Degree was a Waste.

  1. Stumbled upon your blog via FB.

    In God’s kingdom there is no such thing as waste, because He has the power to make all things new.

    I too am a graduate of ORU, class of 1995 with a degree in Church Ministries-Pastoral Studies. I spent my last semester at ORU actually in the Philippines as a missions internship student, I came back to Tulsa to walk, and my original plan was to get right back on a plane and return to the Philippines. I didn’t.

    That last semester in the Philippines I was living my life-long dream of being a foreign missionary. I knew I wanted to be a missionary for the rest of my life. I didn’t want to do anything else.

    After graduation, I spent 9 years living in the US. I worked at the Tulsa Public Library for a year, I was a school teacher for several years, and then I somehow found myself as a computer engineer (with no CS degree) working in Maryland.

    Some might say I got sidetracked from my true calling, and that I “wasted” my ORU ministry degree. 9 years is a long time.

    It was NOT a waste. I got married, we started having kids, and on top of all that, I learned so much. Each job I held, each experience (the good and the bad) taught me something and prepared me for that I am doing now.

    In 2004 (9 long years after graduation) my family and I moved to Asia to serve as foreign missionaries, and we have been on the field since.

    Perhaps you won’t have to wait 9 years. However, I am glad I had all those year’s of experiences because I know what I learned throughout has made me a better missionary.

    God bless you and your journey.

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. John 15:16

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    1. Hello David! Sorry that I am just now taking notice of your comment. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am very glad that God has opened my eyes to knowing that my degree is indeed not a waste. Thank you for the reminder!


  2. Awesome, I’m feeling super inspired. God has amazing plans for every one of us and whether we know it now or not, he uses these kinds actions and choices to shape our future..


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