“I Don’t Know If I’m Ready”: Finding That You’re A Senior In College And Wondering Where The Last Four Years Went

So you’re a senior in college. And if you’re anything like me (I’m a fellow college senior as well), you’re probably freaking out. Suddenly, there’s so much to do. Apply to grad school, finishing up those last classes, taking all those exams, wondering if you have to take the GRE, and the list goes on and on. But don’t despair. I’m in the same boat but I’ve found that making a checklist helps make things easier.

1. Figure out what classes you have to take.

This is the most important step, because if you fail to complete those necessary classes (either for the general curriculum or your major) you won’t graduate. So, check your program evaluation (or whatever your school calls it) and ensure that you have completed (or will complete) all our classes within the next semester. If you’re unsure about what classes you have left to complete, then ask your advisor. It’s better to be safe than sorry. After all, no one wants to graduate late because they failed to take Cheese Appreciation or something like that.

Side note: The schedule below is not mine. I just found it on Google. Me and Chemistry do not get along. 

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2. Start compiling a list of potential grad schools. 

If you’re like me and thinking of going to grad school, you might want to start making  a list, either in Excel or Word, of all the schools you’re thinking about and the factors you are considering when choosing that school (cost, location, etc.) Also, if you can, reach out to these schools and see if you can start scheduling tours.

Also, if you’re unsure about what grad schools to go to, attend a graduate school fair at your school. Or check with professors within your department. Chances are you’ll find a grad school that you like that your professor is an alum of.

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3. Register to take the GRE

This is a requirement for most grad schools and the sooner, you take it, the better. There is a cost to take the GRE, but you can get a fee reduction. You can also take practice tests, register, and get answers to any questions you have at http://www.ets.org/gre

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4. Complete your graduation application

Although you might not be graduating until May, graduation applications are usually due in the fall of your senior year. It’s better to turn this in early, so that you can get all the required signatures and turn in all the required documents. It’s better to do this early, instead of turning it in on 3:59 P.M. when it’s due at 4:00 P.M. that day.

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5. Congratulate yourself. 

Yes, you’re reading this right. Give yourself a pat on the back because you made it this far. Getting through four years of high school is one thing, but getting through four (or more) years of  college is an accomplishment. As a first generation student, I feel accomplished that I was able to get this far. So, congratulations fellow seniors. You’ve made it.

 

 

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Check back next month for another list of things you should be doing to prepare to graduate. Until next time!

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