5 Tips For Surviving Second Semester Senior Year

By Victoria Robertson on March 11, 2015

It’s almost time to don those caps and gowns and walk across the stage to receive that diploma you’ve worked endlessly towards for the past couple years. And, of course, with this pending graduation at our fingertips comes a terrible case of senioritis.

In other words: we want to do nothing. So to help you out, here are five tips to help you survive second semester of your senior year.

1. Don’t Fall Behind.

While it may not seem like they still matter, grades can make or break you when applying to grad school or for jobs. Even though most seniors already have their future plans in motion, there is still the possibility that grad schools or companies can revoke your acceptance due to falling grades.

So the best advice I can give you is to keep up with your schoolwork as it comes. Don’t fall behind in reading assignments and make sure all major projects and essays are turned in on time. Also, study for midterms and finals.

When it comes down to the wire, finding motivation is way harder, but you will thank yourself in the end for being a dedicated student.

2. Make Relationships.

Networking is everything moving forward. Friends you make while in college can be future contacts you can turn to in job searches, and professors you may not have appreciated while you had them can give some of the best recommendations you’ll ever receive.

Many of us are counting down the days and are completely detached from our schedules, but getting involved, even this late in our college careers, can come back to help us later on. So don’t take the people around you for granted: engage yourself when you can and make the most of the resources you have right in front of you.

3. Go Out When You Can.

On this same note, it’s still important to make the most of your college experience. It is tempting to sit around in the apartment and watch Netflix, but I promise you’ll regret it a year down the road when you’re sitting in your cubicle wishing you could go back to a time when your days were open and carefree.

It doesn’t matter if you go out to the bar once a week or go out for a few hours on a Sunday to read at the library; so long as you are getting out and exploring your college campus while you have the chance, you’ll be thanking yourself later on.

And who knows, maybe going out will give you more chances to network and make new acquaintances. So really, you can’t lose.

4. Plan Ahead.

This is the dreaded task of college students: thinking about the future.

Many of us either aren’t ready or are too caught up in our fun college days to want to even think about what the future holds for us. Fear, anxiety and stress all take over when thinking about the future, but we can’t ignore it, because it’s coming up faster than we think.

When you have a few hours one day, come up with a draft, five-year plan. It’s certainly not an easy task, but it will help you to better understand what your career goals are and to keep you on schedule after graduation.

It’s easy to graduate and fall into a slump in which you sit around waiting until you have to start paying your student loans back to look for a job, but being proactive can save you a lot of time and some money in interest as well.

5. Don’t Forget To Take It All In.

While thinking of the future is important, don’t forget that you are still taking part in what many consider the best time of their lives. Don’t take it for granted. Enjoy your college experience and don’t try and speed the process along, because the truth is in a few years time, you’re going to miss it.

So take each day as it comes to you and enjoy the little things, because college is a fantastic time that you’re going to look back on for the rest of your life. Graduation will come soon enough; don’t try to rush it.

So good luck in the future, graduates of 2015, and have a fantastic rest of your spring semester!

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