The end is quickly approaching! The Senior year can be one of the best years of your college experience. You have found your niche, you get to take classes you are passionate about, you have many great friends that surround you, and perhaps a job or internship that you love going to everyday. However, the Senior year is the most stressful because of upcoming graduation, finding a job, choosing a place to live, and relationships that may be changing or ending. Juggling all that life demands and keeping your grades up can create strain on your last year, but don’t let it! Be prepared by following these tips…
Checklist for Academic Success:
- Continue going to classes and keep studying. It’s time to buckle down and race to the finish. Now’s not the time to give yourself a break.
- If you’re planning on going to graduate school, it’s time to:
- Narrow down your choices of schools you’re interested in attending
- Take graduate school entrance exams, such as the GRE, MCAT, GMAT, etc.
- Write a compelling graduate school application
- Don’t forget to make an appointment with your advisor to start the process of a degree checkout. Most degrees require you to finish the degree checkout the semester before you intend to graduate. But check with your advisor for specifics.
- Stay connected with professors and students in your career field. Talk with them about your career goals.
- Time to polish up that resume and finish your career portfolio!
- Secure professional references.
- Develop target list of potential employers and express interest.
- Establish a realistic post-graduate budget and financial projection.
- Join a professional organization related to your major or career choice.
- Send graduate applications early and create a back-up plan.
- Continue to volunteer in community or public service organization.
- Complete all requirements for graduation including graduate survey through LSUS Career Pilot.
- Interview with target employers.
· Begin to prepare to leave your organizations in better shape than when you found them. Become a mentor for the younger students as they begin to take over.
· Continue to develop your relationships with professors, instructors, and staff members.
· Get involved in the community through volunteer opportunities that LSUS offers.