College Life

Road to Graduation – Part 1

I’m finally on the way to graduating from UNCP. The only reason I’m stating this now is that I got the email letting me know where I need to pick up the cap and grown, cords and tickets. So, you know it’s real.

I thought my senior year was going to be more smooth and relaxing but it’s the exact opposite. I was so tired between January and February from doing people’s jobs, handled school work, the laptop stopped working, glasses were broken, and turned in three graduate school applications. Talk about being a superwoman in real life. All I needed was my rent to pay and my adult life would’ve been completed.

Graduating Class of 2020

Here are a few tips to ensure you have a better time during your senior year:

  • Make sure you’re only focusing on finishing! Do things you didn’t get a chance to do before.
  • Don’t do anyone works for them, whether it’s for school or job, organizations or administration.
  • If you’re planning on going to graduate school please do it way beforehand and make it your main priority.
  • Take some time off from school to relax.
  • If you’re planning on working after college, attend your school’s job fairs, use LinkedIn to find a job (if you don’t have one, try to create an account ASAP), Indeed, network with your professors, research career opportunities for your major and ask your campus about job opportunities.
  • Do other things you’re passionate about like writing a book, creating artwork, advocate, recite poetry and sing/dance.
  • Please check to make sure admissions has ALL of your completed courses on file.
  • Make sure you ask questions about graduation prior to the commencement date.
  • Have your graduation fit together ASAP! Get someone to take pictures for you (please pay them, photography isn’t free).
  • Make sure you start packing before graduation so that you’re not caught in the crossfire of other people leaving.
  • Finally, take a lot of pictures during your last semester! You never know how much fun you truly had once you finally leave your institution (unless you’re staying there for graduate school).

These are my recommendations for having a successful semester leading up to graduation. Don’t forget to smile because life will get hard but it’ll be worth it once you cross the stage. I can’t wait to see where my life takes me.

I couldn’t be more proud of the people who went to school with me and are graduating around the same time. I hope for the best when their futures start to unfold. Thanks to whoever reads my blog post, maybe you’ll hear back from me.

I want to do better so let’s start today. Right now, in the present time.

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