5 Tips To Finish Your Senior Year In College Strong

by Intern Kendall Atkins
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It’s senior year in college already? Where did the time go?

I’m a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (GO HEELS!), but it feels like just yesterday was my first day of college.

If you’re also a rising senior, you’re probably feeling the same way.

When everybody told me these four years would go by fast – they weren’t lying.

When everybody told me these would be the best years of my life – they weren’t lying.

When everybody told me I’d meet some great people in college – they weren’t lying.

Knowing that graduation is near is bittersweet.

Take a look at these 5 tips to help us finish senior year with a bang! Let’s live it up!

1. Make A Bucket List.

Make a bucket list of all the things you want to do before you graduate…and do them. They can be silly, such as get 10 dining hall swipes from freshman, fun, such as attend all home football games or serious, such as maintain a 3.5 grade point average.

2. Perfect Your Resumé.

You need to have an outstanding resumé when you graduate, so you can stand out to potential employers. Visit your on-campus career services for help on applying to jobs, resumés and cover letters. If you’re tech savvy you may even want to design your own website with easy online access to your resumé.

3. Embrace Graduation.

It’s ok to be sad about graduating, but don’t let your sadness get in the way of the fun. Order your cap and gown, take graduation pictures, purchase a class ring, participate in all of the senior activities and make the underclassmen aware that it’s your time to shine.

4. Don’t Dwell On The Uncertainty Of Your Future.

Are you heading to grad school? Apply to multiple grad schools, so you have options. Looking for a job? Apply to numerous job positions to get use to interviewing and the hiring process, and take the job that will make you happy. Taking some time off to travel? Enjoy your time after graduation and before starting a career. The real world isn’t going anywhere. Whatever path you are taking after graduation is your choice. If your future is uncertain, learn to embrace the uncertainty.

5. Don’t Fall Victim To Senioritis.

It’s so easy to catch a case of senioritis, but don’t let it get the best of you. If you want to attend class in sweats or gym clothes every day, that’s fine. You’re a senior – that’s your excuse. Don’t let your school work slip just because you are nearing graduation. You still need to work hard and finish the year strong. You’ve worked hard for three years already to maintain a good GPA. Don’t let it suffer due to a bad case of senioritis.

Are you a rising college senior? Tell us what you’re going to miss most about college in the Comment Section below.

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