This is a guest blog post written by Lizzy Ferriera.
Being a senior in college can be scary knowing that the dreaded “real world” is coming in only a matter of a few months. It can be hard trying to go after your ideal dream job when you don’t even know where to start. The moment senioritis kicks in you will want to throw in the towel and give up on it all. All of this can be frustrating at times but remember one thing…You got this. As senior year comes to an end you have to make the best of your time on campus. Don’t let senioritis get the best of you. So grab a cup of coffee, snuggle up on the couch, and read about my top 3 ways to help cure senioritis.
1. Stay Involved
Getting involved on campus can be overwhelming, especially if your university has dozens of different organizations and clubs to choose from. No matter which one sparks your interest, it can only help you in the long run. Pro tip: Joining a club or organization that complements your major/minor can only make your resume that much better. Joining PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), for example, has helped me so much in my professional career. Last weekend I was able to attend a conference with my chapter in Indianapolis, IN. I talked to students from all across the nation and was able to network with different companies & organizations, such as Warner Bros and Vera Bradley and hear motivational keynote speakers, including the inspirational Intern Queen. Conferences like this make me fall in love with the profession I have chosen all over again. Being around people who have the same passion for public relations is a huge motivator to continue working towards my goals in the field.
2. Avoid Procrastination
In my opinion one of the hardest things to avoid in college is procrastination. The deadline is approaching and you end up scrambling at the last minute to just get the job done. My best advice to you is to get either a planner or an agenda to write down all your assignments. Plan ahead and set the time aside for any major project or assignment. Writing down a list of your goals and having a check list is a great way to make sure you stay organized and on top of your assignments. Try not to over think your work and just let it flow. The sooner you start the more time you have to look over your work and make little adjustments along the way.
3. Making the Right Connections
Clubs are the first way I started to make professional connections and it’s never too late to start. It’s all about networking. Even if you haven’t been actively involved on campus there are always other ways to make connections. Having a LinkedIn account is an easy way to build your professional identity and be able to network with others in your field. Outside the social media aspect, any job or internship experience you have will only help you in your business and personal success.
The countdown for graduation is on. This time of the year can be the most stressful and I know this might sound weird, but enjoy it. Enjoy the late-night study sessions with your roommates. Enjoy running around campus bouncing from class to class. Enjoy the #collegestruggle of having ramen noodles for almost every meal. It’s part of that whole “college experience” and once it’s over you can say you survived it all. You learn from it all. Love your time on campus and make the best of every educational opportunity that comes your way. There will never be a time in your life that is quite like this. So when it seems like everything is becoming too much, just remember—you got this!