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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

As graduation nears, for most seniors, the realization starts to set in that they won’t be coming back the following year. This can be difficult to come to terms with when you’ve spent the past four years living on or near campus, going to class, and enjoying the undergraduate social atmosphere. 

Huge life changing steps are in store for soon-to-be graduates. Many will continue their education either through a masters program, law school, or other path. Some will go directly into the workforce and start the beginnings of their career. Others will move out of state, settle into an apartment, take up an internship, or new opportunity. 

Because life will soon change so dramatically, this is the time to take in all of your campus and really reflect on your undergraduate experience as you finish out your remaining semester. After walking across the stage to receive their diplomas, many seniors have regrets of things they wish they could have done before graduation. 

After all, many adults say that their undergraduate experience was the best four years of their life! If you have the opportunity, talk to a senior from the year before and get a sense of what they wish they could have done differently. 

The last thing you want to do is end your undergraduate career with regrets or thinking “what if?” Because having regrets will make it more difficult to move on from college and fully immerse yourself in the next chapter of life. 

We’ve put together a list of everything you should do before receiving your diploma! This list is based on what previous graduates wish they would have done before the end of their college career. 

  • Get More Involved 
  • Take Graduation Pictures (Before Graduation) 
  • Visit Campus Landmarks 
  • Thank Your Professors 
  • Take Photos for a Photo Board 
  • Socialize More 
  • Enjoy Your Experience 
  • Visit Your Campus Career Services 
  • Develop Your Skills 
  • Secure an Internship 
  • Study Abroad 
  • Explore the Area 
  • Take a Trip With Friends
  • Feel Ready to Leave 

Get More Involved 

Get more involved -- join a club, become a student government, join Greek life, the options are endless. 

Many seniors say they wish they would have been more involved on campus through clubs, student organizations, and even Greek life. As freshmen, students are often apprehensive of joining organizations because they haven’t quite figured out time management -- how to budget school work with other commitments like work, athletics, etc. 

This often leaves joining clubs to the wayside, but we encourage students to join a club or organization even if it interests you slightly! This is a great way to meet people, form connections, get volunteer hours, and add experience to your resume. 

Future jobs will want to see that you were involved on your campus, bonus points for taking on a leadership position or having honor societies on your resume. 

It’s true for many clubs and organizations that you get out of it what you put into it. Essentially this means you can be as involved as you want -- from being a regular member who comes to meetings and participates in events or going as far as becoming president of an organization. 

Depending on how involved you want to be will alter your experience and how connected you feel to that organization. But at the end of the day -- join if you’re interested and from there see where the road will take you, because one day you might be president of your club!

Take Graduation Pictures (Before Graduation) 

Get the perfect graduation pictures by taking them early and making sure you capture the image you have in mind of your big day. 

We can’t stress this enough -- take pictures before graduation day! Why? Because on the actual day, students, family members, professors, and current students will be everywhere. This makes it difficult to get the perfect shots for your photo board for scrapbooks. 

Taking pictures before the big day allows you to have unlimited time wherever you want on campus, including major landmarks and the buildings where you spend the most time. It also eliminates the possibility of random people being in your photos because you will have ample space to get the best snapshot.

This will also leave you feeling more relaxed and able to enjoy your big day because you won’t be stressed about getting pictures. Trust us, do them at your leisure before commencement and you’ll be ahead of the game come graduation day. 

Visit Campus Landmarks 

After walking across the stage, you might not be able to visit major campus landmarks again. This could be campus buildings, art works, statues, or places around campus. 

If there are events that occur at these places -- go to them! This is especially true if it’s a campus tradition. You’ll want to be sure that you got as much as possible out of your experience, and this means being involved in the major events that occur. 

Also be sure to take pictures at these locations so you have them saved in your memory bank. You never know when you’ll want to go back and reflect on your experience. 

Thank Your Professors 

Professors don’t get enough recognition for their hard work. Sure, not all professors are the best, but everyone will have a few that they’ve gotten to know very well -- maybe even on a personal level. 

Building connections with professors is great for a few reasons. One, if you need recommendation letters, references, or someone to vouch for your character -- having a personal connection with a professor will allow you to get these crucial references with ease. 

Second, professors have connections, meaning if you’re looking to go into a specific field, asking a professor for their connections can go a long way. They might be able to secure you a job or recommend you for a position and this will come in handy because some jobs are extremely competitive. 

Lastly, a professor might be able to point you in the direction of someone who can help you. This means if they don’t have the right connection, they might know someone who does. Having someone to point you in the right direction could be exactly what you need in the future. 

Lastly, thank your professors. Even if there’s only one who significantly impacted your experience, be sure to tell them how much they meant to you. They will greatly appreciate this, and keep in touch with them -- they might reach out with opportunities. 

Take Photos for a Photo Board 

We’ve stressed the importance of taking early graduation photos and photos with campus landmarks. The same goes for pictures with friends, and the moments you know you will miss. 

With all of these pictures you can build a photo board that will commemorate and honor your college experience. This might make you smile in the future if you ever feel sad about leaving your undergraduate career behind. 

Socialize More

As senior year begins, you have to finalize everything you need to graduate. This means taking capstone classes, giving final presentations to secure your major, writing term papers, and anything else your school might require to earn your degree. We know this year is stressful, especially if you find out you need a certain class or credit to graduate and you need to add an additional course to your workload. 

However, many seniors look back and think they should have spent more time with friends or socializing in general. Once you leave, you won’t have the opportunity to do it again. 

We know you’re not always studying, and sometimes you’re just watching a movie in bed. But instead, reach out to a friend and see if they want to hangout. Take advantage of this time while you have it, especially because after graduation who knows where you will end up and it could be awhile before you see some of your friends again. 

Enjoy Your Experience 

Oftentimes, with the hustle and bustle of campus life -- studying, writing papers, doing projects, giving presentations, holding a job, working through an internship, we forget to enjoy our experience. 

Sometimes we’re just too busy for our own good. Take your last semester to slow down and take in your experience. Genuinely take a moment to enjoy college and time with your friends. These memories will get you through future hard times. 

Visit Your Campus Career Services 

Career services will give you connections, help build your resume, or teach you how to write a cover letter. 

Most students don’t take advantage of campus resources -- most notably, career services. These staff members are there to help you find jobs or internships, or at least point you in the right direction. 

Your school might have pre-established connections with certain companies, businesses, or organizations. These connections could help you secure a job right away. 

Alternatively, if you’re not looking for a job, career services will help you improve your resume. They might even help you create it during an appointment. They also offer other services that could be very beneficial for you in the future. 

Don’t enter the real world blind -- get a leg up by using your school’s connections and see where it takes you. 

Develop Your Skills 

Skills are one of the many sections on resumes -- and students sometimes struggle to determine what their skills are. If you have a dream job in mind, find out what skills are needed to do that job and make it a priority to learn them! Either way, having additional skills in your back pocket will never hurt, even if it’s in a field you don’t plan on going into. 

Secure an Internship

Experience is key and internships are the best way to get critical experience. 

One of the number one reasons why students don’t apply for jobs right after college is because certain jobs usually require some amount of experience. Some graduates don’t have any experience and find themselves in a bind, unsure of what to do next. 

The best way to get experience is to secure an internship in your field. This can be done during the summer months if you’re not taking summer courses. An internship may even offer you a job after your period as an intern comes to an end. We recommend holding at least one internship during your college career. 

Study Abroad

Take advantage of study abroad programs and see the world with the help of your school.

Many colleges and universities offer study abroad programs, either for one semester, over winter break, or sometimes even during the summer. This is often one of the biggest regrets of recent graduates. 

Travel while you’re young and take advantage of trips that are planned for you. Being able to travel the world is something everyone wants, so if you have the opportunity to do it through your school -- take full advantage of these programs!

Explore the Area 

Some students leave school without ever having gotten a feel for the area where they went to college. It’s important to feel like a community member and get involved in your local environment. Helping out and volunteering are things you can put on your resume, and keep in mind future employers and higher education institutions will look for this!

You might want to come back later with friends, your children, or you could even find yourself living in the area after graduation or later in life. 

Take a Trip With Friends 

Have you gone on spring break? We encourage you to go at least once. Spring break is almost a right of passage for college students. 

We don’t mean you have to go to the big party beaches. If this is your scene, definitely go, if not plan a trip to Europe, a different state, Canada, or anywhere that you and your friends want to visit.

Feel Ready to Leave 

Graduate without regrets -- do everything you have ever wanted!

Last but not least, make sure you feel ready to leave. There’s no worse feeling than graduation day rapidly approaching and feeling like you’re not ready to leave. Do everything you want to do, even if it’s not on this list. 

If something comes to mind, do it, without hesitation. Get everything out of your system now to ensure you don’t have any regrets later. 

You want to put your college experience in a box, tie it perfectly with a beautiful bow, and set it on a shelf where you feel satisfied with how it ended. 

End your college experience on the right note by crossing everything you have been wanting to do off your bucket list. Make sure you walk across the stage and receive your diploma without regrets. Do everything possible to ensure you feel satisfied and happy with your undergraduate career, this will make it easier to move into the next chapter of your life.