10 Things College Seniors Should Do During Their Senior Year

10 Things College Seniors Could Be Doing Instead Of Freaking Out That They Don't Have A Job Yet

You still have, like, at least a couple months before you need to worry about that.

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It's so easy for college students to spend their entire school careers stressing out about lining up internships and ensuring that they find jobs. Don't let your senior year pass you by — here are some things all college seniors can be doing to make sure they make the most of their last year in college!

1. Enjoying not having a job.

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Unless something goes horribly wrong, you'll have a job consistently until retirement. That shouldn't be a bad thing—hopefully you pursue a career you want — but having a job comes with both satisfaction and endless stress. Enjoy freedom while it lasts, folks.

2. Building up their credit scores.

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I don't know about you, but credit was always a sort of abstract idea to me until I got to college. In the real world, your credit score determines everything. Maybe look into opening a credit card or two, and make sure you are knowledgeable about how to keep your score in a good place. Don't get so caught up thinking about jobs that you forget about equally important things like buying and renting houses or apartments in the future.

3. Spending quality time with friends.

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After graduation, you won't be alone, but you and your friends probably won't be nearly as available to hang out as you are now. Take advantage of every opportunity you get to hang out and have a good time.

4. Spending quality time with family.

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Your family will be there for you after you get a job, too, obviously, but make sure you spend as much time with them as you can before you move out. Heading off for college is one thing, moving out for good is totally another. If you're moving to a different city, state or even country, make sure you spend some time with your family members before you go.

5. Daydreaming about their future pets.

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Yeah, my future cat (Sir Roland Pennyworth IV) is going to have a mansion. Paris Hilton style.

6. Saving money.

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Make sure you open a savings account now. If you're lucky, your parents will help you along the way as you start your new adult life. However, you should make sure you have money saved up so you can help yourself. Independence is a virtue.

7. Researching the job market.

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Sometimes doing some Googling can help put your mind at ease. If you haven't found a job yet, maybe look into the career path you've chosen. Nothing is unattainable — maybe there's another career path that would better fit your goals and education.

8. Planning a trip abroad.

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If you haven't studied abroad, try to get a group of friends to go somewhere outside the country for spring break. Every adult (like, real adult — over 30 years old) I've spoken to has stressed that college is the best time to experience another culture. Save up and go!

9. Taking time for self-care.

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Life is about to start moving fast as you graduate and start your adult life. Take some time now to really cater to what you want. Read a book for fun. Watch a movie, a TV series, a documentary or some YouTube videos. Don't forget to take some time for yourself and your happiness.

10. Remembering that it's OK to take life one day at a time.

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You don't have to plan the entire rest of your life when you're 21. Remember that sometimes unexpected things happen. Be spontaneous, take any opportunity to learn and grow. Really live in the moment, because it takes more than simply finding a job to create a bright future for yourself.

Life is about so much more than your career. Obviously, you should care about your future aspirations — just don't forget to live in the present, too!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To My Boyfriend, As He Prepares To Graduate College

Good luck in the "real world," you can do it!

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Five weeks, excluding finals and that's it. No more classes, first-day icebreakers, Pub Wednesdays, or game days at the Pepsi Ice Skating Rink. You. Are. Done. Crazy right?

In just a blink of an eye, your four years here at Illinois State University have flown by. It's heartbreaking because I know how much you love being here with your friends, enjoying every minute of living your best life, and not worrying about "adult" responsibilities. I can see how hard it is for you to fully accept that these next couple of weeks are your last weeks here.

You look at me with those eyes every time I mention how close the graduation date is, but I can't help but express my excitement and how proud I am even though I know for a fact that my senior year won't be the same without you here. Questions like who would I grab Panda Express on a weekly basis with? What about Sunday grocery trips? Or simply calling you and having you right at my door in a matter of minutes.

It's sure going to be different not only for me but the guys too. Why? Well, there's going to be no one to make random noises or say random things. All I can say is, you have made strong friendships with people you consider your lifelong friends — ones you'll stay in contact with until the end of time. It's amazing how much of an impact you have made on your friends, peers, and me. Everyone has so many nice things to say about you. I know you're smiling and shaking your head right now, but I have videos to prove it! Thanks to your family for creating and influencing that amazing heart of yours. They really did raise such an amazing person.

I am truly lucky to witness the good times and bad times with you these past two years. Those experiences have made you who you are today. From partying every weekend to getting your grades up to becoming captain of the hockey team, then struggling to find internships, to finding one, and finally in a couple of weeks...stepping into that stadium and on that stage to receive your diploma. I have so much much faith that you'll be nothing but successful, however, YOU have to believe in yourself as well.

In just weeks, you'll be considered an alumnus. Don't be sad, be happy about all of the memories you hold in your heart — all the friendships you've made, all the games you've led and won. I'll be waving, cheering, and, most likely, crying from the stands as you walk and receive your diploma. Be proud and walk with pride.

Here's to a great four years — the end of chapter 16 and the start of a new one.

Congratulations, baby, you did it!

P.S. Don't forget to come back and visit me and the guys!

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