Travel Abroad & 9 Other Things You Should Do To Make The Most Of Your Senior Year
You did it! You made it to your senior year! Although partying your life away seems like a great plan for these last two semesters, take some time out to make sure you are truly having the best last-year ever.
Enjoy Your Campus
Chances are even in the few years you’ve been on campus, you haven’t gone to see the theatre group, or explored that one building you pass by every day, or participated in every tradition. You will never have an opportunity like this one to see, touch and partake in every single part of your college campus. Enjoy it while you are there!
Examine and Enjoy Friendships
The one thing I miss about college the most is my closest friends being within walking distance. It’s like scheduling a flight plan now to get us all in the same city. Plan a big road trip and create one more great memory with your friends. On the other hand, you are getting ready to make a huge transition into adulthood. Don’t take any excess baggage with you. If there’s someone you are thinking isn’t a great friend get rid of them now.
Get an Internship
Hopefully you’ve had at least two internships by now. Your senior year is prime-time internship time! You need real world experience to get a job now more than ever. Your first month of senior year should be spent lining up an internship for Fall, Spring or Summer. This will go a long way when it’s time to search for a real job. If you already have an internship, work your butt off! You never know when that door might open to a permanent position.
Travel and Go Abroad
Student discounts on air travel and lodging are one of those rare things you always wish you’d used more. Take a quick google search or even ask your campus’ study abroad office about international opportunities. There are exchange programs, work-internship programs, and more all geared towards current students. Take advantage of winter breaks and more by going abroad your senior year.
Practice for Your Career
Dust off your suit and resume. You need to be present at every networking event you can find on and off campus. Finding a real job outside of college is hard but it can be a bit easier if you know the right people. My college roommate snagged a job at an internship fair our senior year not only because she had skills, but also because she impressed her future boss at a networking event. Use your career center and other resources to get a sharp resume, interview prep and training, and anything else that will make your career hunt a little easier.
Bills are real. Rent is high. And moving costs are no joke. Write yourself a budget for your senior year so that you can save enough to do whatever you need to do at the end of the year – whether that’s move back home, move into a grad school dorm, or strike out on your own for work. Do your best not to graduate completely broke because the loan people will come knocking after 6 months.
Pay attention to Academics
Is there a class you always wanted to take? Well take it! If you have room in your schedule to take a random art class then you should. You never know what new interest or hobby you might pick up. Although there is MUCH temptation to catch senior-itis and slack on coursework, pay attention to your advisors, take the right courses, take something new, and graduate knowing you really explored all of your academic interest.
Make a Bucket List
This may be your last time to be somewhat irresponsible. What’s something you always wanted to do on campus? Or around town? Make a bucket list and make it happen. Your senior year can be that much more fun if you have a list of interesting, fun, and even intellectual goals to accomplish. Grab some friends and go zip lining, skinny dipping, or on a random road trip. Create memories and scratch off every item on the list!
Don’t Stress Out
By week 2 of your senior year you’ll be tired of the “so what are you doing after graduation?” question. The truth is you may not know. Although you hustle and network, apply to schools, or meditate on it every day you may still be somewhat lost as to your next steps. Enjoy being in college because you can never go back and relive that experience again. Don’t stress yourself out worried about the future that you miss right now. Make a plan and try to make steps, but don’t get discouraged if it all isn’t coming together as quickly as you would like. You’ll figure it out soon. But for now, celebrate being a senior!
Dee Rene is the writer and creator of Laugh.Cry.Cuss., a faith based blog that finds valuable lessons in pop culture and every day life. She is based in NYC. You can follow her or the blog on twitter @deerene_lcc @laughcrycuss or visit the site at http://laughcrycuss.com.