High School Graduation Vs. College Graduation

High School Graduation Vs. College Graduation

Why senioritis affects high school seniors more than college seniors.
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The time has come. I am taking the final classes in my degree plan, and I am preparing to graduate this upcoming spring semester. To tell you the truth, it feels different then what I was expecting. I remember the eagerness I had when confronted with the thought of graduating high school, but that's not there this time around. I know that there are some key differences, but I was anticipating a lot more lead up.

I started college in 2013, and I got to it fairly easily, at least compared to high school. Things just made a lot more sense, and it felt like I was actually working towards something. Though I am a fairly introverted person, the independence of college forced me out of my shell and I became louder and more involved. College has truly allowed me to grow more than I did in the four years of high school. So as I prepare to go out, I know it is necessary, and it is part of what made college so great, preparing for this future that I am about to enter, but that excitement is just not there. I could point to the promise of debt and depression of not getting the jobs that I was picturing when I chose my major, that the degree I spent all of this time and money on won't be worth much once I leave, or that I have lived out what many call the easiest and sometimes best parts of their lives, but truly I don't think those play into it (at least that much.) Yeah, I'm sure I will look back at these times with fondness and probably reminisce about the "better times," but I think it is the unknown which has me hesitant.

I know that typically includes the things I mentioned before, the possibilities of not having a job, not using my degree, or just being unhappy, but I think it is much more than that. I am not to concerned with where the path will lead me, but rather taking that step into the unknown. I think that is part of what this graduation in particular means for me. I'm worried it won't be in the direction I wanted to go, or it may mean that I will need to stop dreaming, which is a big part of who I am. At high school graduation people want to hear what you are going to do, but at college they already know and can be more critical, I know because I have been there. At college graduation there is an anxiety of "is this degree going to provide for me" and then that starts to extend to all of your friends. So perhaps that is it, this anxiety that surrounds college graduation, that when we step into the unknown there will be nothing there to stand on.

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15 Ways To Make It Through Your Last Semester Without Losing It

Don't let stress or senioritis get the best of you.
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Right now, seniors everywhere are at the climax of their college career. There’s only a few months left until graduation where students will finally dive head-first into the real world.

We all know the thought of that can be terrifying.

If you're a senior, this is the time of year where you’re stressing to pass all your classes, prepare for graduation, think about life after college, spend enough time with everyone and overall have the best semester yet. It’s all extremely overwhelming, but you can't let the stress get to you. Time flies and it’s so important to not waste a second of it.

It’s here before you know it then gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t blink—or sleep—because you might just let the moment pass you by.

Here are 15 ways to help you make it through your last semester without losing your mind:

1. Moral support

Your support system is EVERYTHING during your senior year. It’s important to explain to your loved ones how this is a very busy time in your life and you just might act like a crazy person. Hopefully they understand and are there for you.

2. Create a senior "bucket list"

This is the perfect thing to do with your closest friends. Think about all of the things you’ve always wanted to do on campus or in your college town. Make a list and look at it sort of like a scavenger hunt and go on adventures with your friends. If you cross everything off your bucket list there’s nothing you can say you didn’t do during your time at college!

3.) Stay organized

Map out your entire semester. Make a schedule. Set goals. Plan ahead. Organization is the key to living a stress-free life.

4.) Stay focused

No, this doesn’t mean to binge on Adderall. This means to keep your head clear at all times. Don’t let stress cloud your mind and stay focused on the goal of graduation while having a blast along the way. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

5. Don't stress too much about getting perfect grades anymore

Honestly, this is important. We spend our entire career stressing about getting perfect grades when nobody in the real world even looks at your grades. Although they may have helped get you a scholarship, or honor society acceptance, grades are pretty much null and void after college.

Your straight A’s will not get you a job, they do not get you experience in the workplace and they really have no purpose after school. So, senior year is finally the time to just make sure you pass and do everything you can to plan for success in the future to come.

6.) Make lots of connections

This is prime time to network and make connections. Go to every single job fair, reach out to every single employer, get contact numbers from everyone in your classes and internships. You have nothing to lose when connecting with strangers who may be able to help you in the future. It’s a small world—you never know who knows who.

7.) Document everything

Even after our minds start to fade, photographs are memories we can actually hold on to and visualize forever. It’s so important to document all the best times and milestones in our lives. Document everything not just for social media, but to look back on and reminisce.

8. Spend a lot of time with close friends

This is obviously important, especially if you go to school out of state and have to leave all your college besties after graduation. Goodbyes are never easy.

9. Spend a lot of time on campus

Even if you can’t stand to look at your school’s library for one more second, just think about how short your time on campus is compared to the rest of your life. Just soak it all in, utilize and appreciate everything you paid for to be a part of.

10. Take advantage of events and opportunities

You know all those annoying emails you get on your school account all day long? The ones with all the current events and news and random messages from the dean. Yeah, read them. Utilize them. Attend every single free event you see, or anything that may help benefit you in your field. Attend every single job fair, networking event, everything. Get your money’s worth of your education and have some fun. You never know who you could meet.

11. Get help from professors and advisers

Like I said above, connections are important. Befriend professors. Consult with them. Get close with them. Make them love you. Get them to write you excellent recommendation letters and things to help you.

12. Don't let senioritis get the best of you

While you’re at the home stretch, the worst thing you can do is give up. And senioritis basically means giving up and just not caring anymore. Push through and the final victory will be much more rewarding.

13. Have a game plan

You don’t have to have your whole entire life and career planned out, but it’s good to have a future plan and simple goals.

14. Don't take it for granted

A former student once told me the biggest thing she regretting about college was taking her time there for granted. Too many students waste away their senior year and their biggest regret is simply not doing enough.

15. Have the time of your life and hold nothing back

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10 Reasons Spring Semester Of Senior Year Is Stressing Me Out

But I'm not ready to graduate.
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Senior spring: a time when the college fun starts to come to an end and you have never panicked so hard about the future in your life. At least for me, senior spring is already going by way too fast and i wish i could just go back to being a baby freshman. As this semester continues to fly by, here are ten thoughts i'm having as i try to figure out my life as college is coming to an end.

1. When do I start applying for jobs?

Probably needed to start applying yesterday, but who's counting.

2. Am I actually ready to real-life adult?

I'm gonna go ahead and say the answer to that is uhh no.

3. I don't think I'm ready to graduate.

Am I?

4. Actually, I know I'm not ready to graduate.

Yeah no, not ready.

5. I'm not ready to give up Saturday AYCD just yet

How am i supposed to go to the cheapest drinks ever to having to spend a fortune on just one cocktail? Being old sucks.

6. What if I trip on stage at graduation?

My high school fear of tripping on stage is becoming a reality once again.

7. Maybe I should take a victory lap.

One more year wouldn't hurt right? Sorry Dad.

8. Why are my hangovers 10x worse once I hit senior year?

The older you get the worse the hangovers are and that is just cruel.

9. How did college go by so quickly?

I blinked and the past four years have flown by. Can i get a re-do?

10. Nope, not ready for this.

Help, I've fallen and can't get up.

And the panic sets in. Don't even talk to me about what I'm doing and where I'm going because your guess is as good as mine. But don't worry, i'll have it figured out by the time graduation rolls around no matter how many tears i shed on the way there.

So to my fellow seniors... Happy senior Spring! May the odds be ever in your favor.

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