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SENIOR YEAR
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

Academic Persistence

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.

Academic Benchmarks

  1. Revisit your Degree Works plan, make necessary adjustments, and share it with your advisor during your fall appointment (before November 1st).
  2. Start the graduation application process by November 1st.
  3. Visit Career Services to begin the process of creating a resume or graduate school application.

Common Struggles

  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Time management
  • Self-discipline

Social Persistence

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.

Social Benchmarks

  1. Mentor younger students within your network.
  2. Find a young alumnus in your desired field and ask them to be your mentor.
  3. Expand your service learning opportunities.

Common Struggles

  • Disconnecting prematurely
  • Withdrawing socially
  • Relationships

Personal Persistence

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

  1. Balancing personal needs and the needs of others
  2. Emotional and financial self-reliance

Common Struggles

  • Debt
  • 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 thrive@usu.edu.

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