After four years of late-night cramming sessions, a grueling class schedule, and too many term papers to count, the big day is finally within sight. Graduation! You can hardly wait to toss your cap into the air and start making your mark in the big wide world.
As you count down toward graduation, don’t forget to check off these important tasks you should tend to before you can get your diploma.
1. Put your papers in order. Don’t celebrate the end of college paperwork just yet! Before graduation, you must apply to graduate. You may also need to officially confer your degree. These steps can differ in each school, so find out what your particular requirements are before the end-of-term rush.
2. Polish your resume, cover letter, and portfolio. Hopefully, you have already written your resume and cover letter and organized your portfolio. During these last few months in college, take the time to perfect these gateways to the working world. Ask a few friends to read through your resume and cover letter and check them for typos and inconsistencies. You can also show these documents and your portfolio to a career counselor at your school to ask for professional tips on making them shine.
3. Find a summer job or a paid internship. It isn’t easy to find that first post-college job. But, whether you’ve landed the perfect position for next year or you’re still hunting for a job, the clock starts ticking on that student loan debt as soon as you graduate. If you won’t be starting your new job until fall, or you haven’t found one yet, it’s best to accept a temporary summer job, or a paid internship, so you have some kind of income to put towards payments.
4. Find a place to live. In the rush to find a job for next year, you may have forgotten about another crucial decision you need to make: Where are you going to live? If you plan on moving back in with mom and dad, you’re good to go. Otherwise, start apartment hunting as early as possible to get the best picks. You can look up rentals in the area on sites like Rent.com, and ApartmentGuide.com.
5. Spend time with your friends. As you tie up the loose ends of your life in college, don’t forget about the people who matter most to you in school. The relationships you form in college can last a lifetime. Make sure you get a few good late nights in with your best buddies before graduation.
Use these last few months of college wisely by making sure you’ve got your post-college life in order and taking the time to live-it-up before adulting for real.
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