Importance of Community

One of the most major things I have learned about post-grad life is the importance of community. In creating a group of people around you, you are able to face the struggles of post grad head on. I know I have been able to.

Sure, college communities can stay together in the post-grad season of life, but I was looking for an extension of my circle to find new people, new opinions and new perspectives. Where I went to college was very clique-oriented and pretty tight knit. The majority of us came from stable backgrounds and financial security thanks to our families. We all had pretty similar in views, attitudes and opinions. Of course there were exceptions, but overall the “bubble” that my school was known for was a real thing.

Meeting new people has always been one of my favorite things to do. I was the new kid at least nine times in my life and I had the act of introductions down. Although I still have my new kid shyness from time to time, I have realized that you have to get over that attitude if you are ever going to have someone to talk to. 

I joined a small group through my church during the summer after graduation and it was so nice to have the weekly opportunity to meet with a group of people who were looking for spiritual fulfillment. It was also great to have a community to continuously interact with. Small groups are a huge part of my survival and I have been a part of one every season since graduation.

Meeting and having conversations with people who aren’t at a desk, but in a circle talking about our struggles is so refreshing. I feel like in the corporate world you aren’t allowed to show weakness. It is a hard act to keep up with, so my small group is pretty much the best part of my week. I get to take off the mask and get to breathe easy.

Need some fresh air and breathe? Get involved in a community. Need spiritual guidance? Join a small group. Need to treat yourself? Get a group of friends together for a spa day or shopping trip. Want to get inspired to break out of your routine? Find a mentor and bounce ideas off of them.

Madison Whiteneck

Birmingham, AL 35213