College Senior Stress
Yay! I have finally made it to senior year. It is hard to believe four years have gone by. My last semester is a breeze. I like my classes, I have a routine set, I have a great job and great friends. But wait, graduation is not that far away. It is time to start thinking about post-graduation. Will I be able to find a job? Do I want to go to graduate school? Where am I going to live? What do I want to be?
All of these thoughts and questions are constantly swirling around in my mind. You might have thought life as a senior college student was non-stressful. Actually, it is the complete opposite. There is so much to consider and so little time to make (what seems like) life-or-death decisions. Even though you might not be experiencing senior stress now, it will come.
These are some tips to take charge and manage your stress levels.
Do Your “Homework”
If you plan on getting a job or going to graduate school after graduation, start planning now. Take some time to search jobs in the career field you wish to go in. If you are going to graduate school, keep track of application deadlines and make sure you have all materials you need to apply. Even if you aren’t entirely sure what is in your future, work on keeping your résumé up-to-date. You never know when a job or volunteer opportunity might present itself.
Stay On Top of Your Classes
Although you are set to graduate, you still have to pass your classes. Your education should always come before anything else. Don’t forget the late nights and early mornings you put in to be able to walk across the stage. Work hard in your remaining classes and it will all be worth it in the end.
Make A Timeline
To assure you don’t lose track of deadlines, write down all important dates. It would be devastating if you missed an application deadline. I would definitely shed some tears. Making a list or setting a reminder in your phone can be a lifesaver.
Continue to Enjoy Yourself
Just because graduation is a few months away doesn’t mean it should be on your mind 24/7. It is your last year of college so be sure to enjoy it (responsibly). Take advantage of the free campus events and make memories with your friends.
Keep calm and get excited for graduation! It will be here before we know it.