The spring semester of your senior year in college can make you feel stressed, excited, carefree, and most likely scared. One of the worst things that can happen to college seniors is developing a serious disease that's hard to bounce back from: Senioritis. Of course we all joke about having senioritis, but it is no laughing matter. You may skip one too many classes and think you’re on track to graduate, but you could be in danger of adding an extra semester.
While you’re busy planning your spring break in the Bahamas, life is moving quickly around you. After spring break is over, you only have a few weeks until graduation! Scared yet? Don’t be. Here is the perfect 6 Step College Graduation Checklist to keep you on track.
1. Stay Organized
Probably the best tip I can give you is to use a planner. Make sure you write down all your tests in your planner and keep track of your graduation emails (read them completely)! There are important dates and deadlines for ordering your cap and gown, diploma and signing up for your actual time of graduation. Imagine how disappointed your family will be when you forget to order your cap and gown and can’t walk across that stage. I know my dad dreams about that day (mainly because it means I’ll be off his payroll)!
2. Take Care of Yourself
While having fun your senior year is important, so is making sure you stay healthy with your mind and body. Keep yourself sane by staying organized (see above) and keeping your last semester stress free. Find your own way to manage your stress whether that is yoga, running, talking to your mom (my personal favorite), or even going to your best friend's house to watch a movie. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it helps you think clearer and makes your last semester a little less stressful.
3. Go to Career Fairs
If you already have a job, props to you. However, still go to the career fairs offered at your school and network with some of the professionals who could help you build connections and relationships. If you are one of the many who do not have a job yet, don’t worry you are not alone. Going to the career fair can be vital for finding a job as well as reaching out to your advisors and the career center. Making sure you build connections at an early time in your life can help you out in the long haul when you are between jobs or looking for another career path. Visiting your career center can also help you with building up your resume, expanding your LinkedIn connections, finding a career path, and many even offer practice interviews for your first real job interview. Expanding your options and reaching out to your school can do nothing but help you.
4. Keep Motivated
Spring semester, especially your last spring semester, will be full of exciting Spring events that you won’t want to miss out on. This includes spring day parties, athletic events, and your last ever spring break. While it’s important to make the most out of your last semester of college, it is more important that you don’t fail. As I mentioned earlier, don’t just put off your studying and group projects, as it will eventually sneak up on you. Remember, after spring break you have roughly 6 weeks until finals week. Think of it this way, if you get your work done earlier, you’ll have more time to enjoy your last semester.
5. Be Realistic
I’m not saying don’t strive to achieve your dreams, but if you have a 2.0 and a less than impressive resume, don’t expect to get into a top Grad School or in a top tier company, much less start out with a six-figure salary. The job market is notoriously very selective and competitive which makes it much harder to stand out to employers. Although it may be too late to get that five-star internship, it’s not too late to reach out for recommendations, earn certifications, spruce up your resume, and build connections wherever possible. Remember, life after graduation is all about who you know and how hard you’re willing to work.
6. Be Passionate
Finally, I know everyone wants to be a millionaire driving the nicest car on the market, but is it worth it if you’re doing something you hate? Find something that you’re passionate about. Say you find yourself about to graduate with a job that you don’t care for in a city you don’t love. It’s not the end of the world. Many people after graduation land in a job or industry that has nothing to do with their college majors. The job you start out in after graduation does not define your life and you are not glued to that desk chair. Although you may have to stick it out for about a year or so, everything will be okay. It’s hard to adjust to life where you’re not sleeping until noon every day and doing the bare minimum for your classes. But you can do it. Just remember, being in the “real world” really isn’t so bad.
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