“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!

“Why Are You So Sad All The Time?”: Depression In The Black Community

For those of you who actually read my blog, I apologize for the hiatus I’ve taken from updating my blog. Part of this was the result of a busy summer and a busy start to my senior year. The other part was the result of deciding whether to write about the topic that’s been on my mind for quite some time.

Depression.

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10 Misconceptions About HBCUs That Need To End

I’ve been going to the first HBCU, Lincoln University, for about three years and I still occasionally get some questions and assumptions about HBCUs. Well, I’m here to tackle the 10 most common misconceptions.
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So You Wanna Be Black?

Recently, Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg posted a video online criticizing Madonna, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus for their exploitation of black women. In her video, appropriately titled “Don’t Cash Crop My Corn Rows”, she referenced Swift’s music video for “Shake It Off”, Miley Cyrus performing “We Can’t Stop” at the VMAS, and Katy Perry’s music video for “This Is How We Do”.

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“But He’s So Dark”: The Light Skin vs Dark Skin Debate in College Campus Dating

“Oh, look at you. Dating a nice dark skinned boy. I never expected that you would.” The first time I heard this from a close friend of mine, I was surprised. Naturally, she probably expected me to smile and laugh it away, but all I could manage at the time was an awkward smile. It was not something that I expected to hear on a college campus, let alone hear from a friend.

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Civic Engagement on Lincoln’s Campus

In February of this year, my campus, The Lincoln University, was vandalized when some unknown person spray painted the word “nigger” on one of the entrance signs. Within seconds of its discovery, pictures surfaced on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram of the defaced sign. Students, some who loved the university and others who could care less, quickly became defensive of the university and cited this as an example of continuing racism in the United States.

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Who Teaches Better: White or Black Professors?

The title may look a little silly, and I feel silly for even writing it. But I think this a conversation that needs to take place at HBCUs and not for the reason you may think. This conversation does not need to happen so that all the white faculty members can be fired and be replaced by black faculty members. This conversation needs to happen because we need to dispel the myth that Black professors are more suited to teach at an HBCU based on the color of their skin.

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Weave, Braids, Relaxer, or Afro: The Natural Hair Battle

A recent article on Style.com talked about the growing emergence of Black models sporting their natural hair on the runway in Paris. The article was dedicated to the different styles of Afros worn by the models and how it’s slowly catching on. At least, it seems to be catching on in Paris. The comments were surprisingly positive, with many people saying that they applauded the models for embracing their natural hairstyles.

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