8 Lessons For The College Student Approaching Their Final Semester

8 Lessons For The College Student Approaching Their Final Semester

The end is in sight.
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I’m approaching my last semester of college and it’s giving me mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I’m really excited to never have homework again and to be done cramming for final exams.

On the other hand, I’m going to miss being a student, going to class with my friends and staying up until 2:00 a.m.

The end is in sight. It's time to make the most out of your final semester. Here are some last-minute bits of advice:

1. It’s okay to be afraid of growing up.

Adulthood means paying your own medical bills, filing your taxes and saving up for a mortgage.

For most students, a college diploma means financial independence, and that’s terrifying when you’ve never experienced it before.

2. Prepare yourself for the working world.

Start searching for jobs during your last semester. Put effort into your resume and cover letter. Show up early for your job interview and master a firm handshake. Update your LinkedIn profile regularly. Remember to say thank you.

Success in the working world is all about respect and reliability.

3. Think about the future.

And I mean really think about it. What kind of future do you want? Where do you want to live? What are your financial goals? What are your personal goals?

These are huge (and unanswerable) questions, but they're important. It's the best way to make sure you're on track to succeed.

4. Start saving money, like, yesterday.

Easier said than done, I know, but you're going to need it. You can't do anything without money as an adult, so start pinching pennies.

A five-dollar coffee or five dollars toward paying off your student loans? You decide.

5. Make time to call your family.

There's a lot going on during your final semester, but don't forget to call the people who have supported you since day one.

I guarantee that they miss you and want to know how you're doing.

6. Don’t slack off.

It’s easy to imagine that diploma already in your hand, but don’t get lazy. You need to devote just as much energy to your studies as you did every other semester.

This semester is probably the most important one yet. It’s crunch time!

7. Remember to have fun.

Make time for yourself. Do things that make you happy.

Sleep in, do yoga, hang out with your friends, go to the gym, buy a bottle of wine, binge-watch something on Netflix…Your brain is going to need a break after three and a half years of hard work.

8. Be a kid.

This is your last chance to make bad decisions, shirk responsibility and get drunk on a Tuesday before it's no longer socially acceptable.

Wear sweatpants to class! Post a swimsuit pic on Instagram! Send your crush a risky text! You're only young once.

Now get out there and make some memories!

Cover Image Credit: Jonathan Daniel

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50 One-Liners College Girls Swap With Their Roomies As Much As They Swap Clothes

"What would I do without you guys???"
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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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To My High School Senior Self, With The Reassurance She Never Got

If only we could turn back time and just reassure ourselves that it will all be OK.

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Dear Pre-Graduate Francesca,

This is it. You're graduating high school this week, and it all feels like it really isn't happening and that these past four years have really gone by in a blink of an eye. Well, that feeling is going to linger on graduation day and it is going to be the one time in your life that you actually feel like the moments are playing like a dream right before your eyes. You will cry while your sister does your hair ("I don't know why I'm crying right now, I think it's just hitting me all at once") and immediately regret not getting that spray tan to match your outfit. You'll feel great anyways, though, and you'll be super happy being around your friends that day, too.

Speaking of friends, you do not have to worry about your number one concern for college AT ALL. You're going to remain close with everyone you want to and even get closer with some of them. Some friends you won't see as much anymore but will definitely talk to them and meet up once in a while, and that is all that matters. You may even distance yourself from some of them with good purpose but even then things are awesome between you and them, and you even reconnect with an old bestie that you realize you can never live life without.

As you know, high school taught you to live in the moment because it all goes by so fast. Right now, I cannot believe my freshman year of college is already over. Your brain will start to think in "semester mode" rather than a 10-month school year calendar, and that comes along with looking at time from a college perspective. You don't even look at the date every day as much as you used to, but you really want to start because time seems to be going by faster now.

Here are some confessions I'm going to tell you to ease your worries: no you didn't go to a college party, you have made some friends you see keeping in touch with in the upcoming years, you're finding your place in different clubs and activities, you are in the right major and you will still have music in your academics somehow. You've had plenty of freak outs throughout the school year (as expected) and had your fair share of good and bad professors already. And as much as you wanted the spring semester to end, you already kind of miss it while writing this.

As much as you worry about it and everything else, you are right where you need to be at MSU. You may second-guess yourself every now and then about it, but you can't picture yourself anywhere else. You have decided to take musical theater as a minor, and you've never felt more excited about school than this. You're even considering drama school as a post-grad, so who knows what exciting things the future has in store?

I wish I could tell you to take in every last bit of high school. I wish I could tell you to forget about this crush you have now because it's not all you hoped it would be and you're going to feel something amazing down the line that you never have before. I wish I could tell you that you'll miss seeing all your friends every day more than anything, and to learn to appreciate that now. I wish I could tell you that you're going to go through some of the most insane and wonderful experiences you have ever gone through in your life within the next twelve months and that you're going to grow more than ever before. I wish I could tell you that you're not going to be able to imagine life as it were before, because you have gotten so close with certain people and you've experienced too much to ever want go back to how it all used to be. I wish I could tell you a lot of things, but that isn't how time- or life, for that matter- works.

As much as you'd hate to admit it, you'll miss LHS and your fellow classmates. You'll always wish you had a videotape of everything that has happened these past four years to look back on- good and bad. At least you have photographs, written letters, Snapchat memories, your friends and your recollections to help you out in the meantime.

All in all, you are going to be more than OK within a year's time. You'll still be overthinking every little detail about everything in your life, but you will still have your best friends and family to support you through it all. You're still you, Cesc, but becoming the best version of yourself each and every day.

High school was quite an adventure, but your next one is already turning out to be something else. Your graduation cap didn't let you down with that one — trust me. Congratulations!

Sincerely,

Content College You :)

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