Hey seniors: Are you counting down the weeks till graduation? We certainly are! With just about a month to go, there’s always the temptations to slack off, skip class, or avoid that huge pre-graduation to-do list. Don’t fall for it. While everything may be winding down, it’s time to ramp up and conquer your last semester. Here’s how to make it the best, most productive semester yet.
6 Ways to Beat Senioritis & Prepare to Transition into the “Real World”
1. Update EVERYTHING
We’re talking social media profiles, resumes, email signatures, online portfolios, and more. With graduation in the bag, you’re absolutely encouraged to change your status from “college student” to “college graduate.” Doing an incognito search for your name can help you track down your profiles on sites you do not use frequently.
2. Contact Your Network
If you haven’t landed the dream job yet, don’t fret. You’ve got time to go from graduated to hired. It’s said today that a majority of millennials find their jobs via networking. This doesn’t mean going to mixers or pro conferences (though it helps!). Instead, it could be sending your great-aunt Sally a graduation announcement or emailing your old internship director a copy of your updated resume. You never know who someone else may know!
3. Ace Those Finals
We’ve talked a lot about your graduation status, but you may not make it there if you take the next few weeks off. If your grades are on the edge, you’ll need your A-game to pass through finals weeks, essays, group projects, and more. We recommend ordering yourself (or a senior friend) a finals exam care package full of enough sugar and healthy snacks to get you through.
4. Prepare for the Big Day
Get out your calendars because graduation can be a super busy and stressful time. Be sure you’ve marked down any deadlines and add notes on what you may need. For example, graduation day will, most likely, require cap and gown AND a fresh new outfit or dress. Don’t forget about making reservations to celebrate. Places in college towns book fast. And for the day after, you’ll want to display your diplomas in a specially made, customized frame.
5. Say Your Goodbyes
How could we forget that being a senior isn’t always happiness and excitement? Leaving behind four years of college can be scary, especially if you’ve made a great group of friends or are part of a community. Say your goodbyes with a senior send-off celebrating yours and other’s milestones. Reserve a table at your favorite restaurant, host a frugal party in your dorm, or take a day off (just one!) to head to the beach for a picnic. It’ll be a day you’ll never forget.
6. Get Packing
You’ll still have to handle the whole move-out-of-the-dorms-or-apartment situation while managing everything above. Save yourself some time and start the planning now. Gather your family or support system so they know when you’ll need it. If you have the cash, consider hiring a moving company to do the lifting (and even packing). This is especially helpful if you’re not sure where you’ll end up post-graduation.