How do I finish strong?
In the flurry of career or graduate school plans, seniors experience the bittersweetness of moving on. Saying goodbye to close friends and making difficult decisions about relationships can be difficult, but graduation is also a celebration of the accomplishments of the past four years.
Click below for a list of common struggles and some helpful resources.
"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings."
- Lao Tzu
Internships, capstones and other degree-focused courses are a challenge, and when your focus is divided on the next big step it can be hard to give them the attention they deserve. Staying strong and focused this last year will ensure future opportunities no matter what that next step is for you.
- Revisit your Degree Works plan, make necessary adjustments, and share it with your advisor during your fall appointment (before November 1st).
- Start the graduation application process by November 1st.
- Visit Career Services to begin the process of creating a resume or graduate school application.
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty focusing
- Time management
You are just months away from completing your degree and starting an exciting new chapter in your financial life. This is a great opportunity to learn and implement strong financial skills that will help you succeed for the rest of your life.
- Begin your search for that perfect job or graduate program.
- Contact your loan servicer to plan for loan repayment if you have student loans.
- Paying for family expenses on top of school
- Planning for life after graduation including moving, housing, graduate school, etc.
With all of the focus on what's next it can be easy to disconnect prematurely. It's important to stay connected and preserve important relationships as you plan for the future.
- Disconnecting prematurely
- Withdrawing socially
Making important decisions about the future can be stressful. It's more important than ever to keep a healthy balance for physical and emotional health.
Physical and Emotional Benchmarks
- Balancing personal needs and the needs of others
- Emotional and financial self-reliance
- Work/life balance
- Making core life decisions
- Saying goodbye
- Leaving the safety of campus
- Transitioning to the "real" world
For more information contact the Office of Student Retention and Completion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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