Are you heading into your last semester of a degree and have no idea how to make it the best while the nagging feeling of not having plans hangs over your head? Same. I’ve heard lots of advice on how to survive in your last semester. But that’s not good enough. Going to bed early and trying to cut back on coffee is only going to get you so far.
Here are some things I am going to do to make my last semester one I won’t soon forget:
  • Apply for graduation. Whether you are going to attend your convocation ceremony or not, you have to apply. Follow this link and fill out your info so you can get your fancy piece of paper!
  • Check off stuff on your bucket list. Think of something you heard about Sudbury that you thought was really cool but never got around to doing and go do it! Was it spending a Saturday at Porketta? Have you ever taken a selfie with the Big Nickel? Take advantage of your surroundings, Laurentian’s grounds is among my favourite places on earth. Hike the trails, watch the sunset on the beach or from the Brenda Wallace Reading Room.
  • Take advantage of still living in the same city as your closest friends. Go to your favourite bar. Stay up all night, order your favourite pizza, and watch the movies that you’ve been quoting to each other for the past few years. There won’t be another time in your life that all your friends are basically within yelling distance, don’t let this get you down – make full use of living so close to your buds!
  • Write a resume. You’ve for sure done some cool stuff while you’re at school, and if you didn’t keep track of it as it you did it, it might take you some time to piece together. There are millions of templates available online, take the parts that you like the best and put it together! Visit the Career & Employment Centre, they can help with resume writing and the job hunt!
  • Meet up with someone you were close with in first year. Maybe you were close with a roommate or someone in a bunch of your classes before you switched majors. Send them a text or a Facebook message
  • Go to the dentist. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a job that offers benefits shortly after you graduate. But you never know, so get those cavities filled while you’re still covered.

The quarter-life crisis is real, my friends, you are not alone. Your other soon-to-be-alumni friends are feeling the same way.  Kayla, another one of Laurentian’s superstar bloggers (read her blogs here), gave me some suggestions on how she’s going to Thrive in Her Last Semester: “I’m making sure I create weekly to-do lists at the beginning of each week, so I can manage my time and assignments according to priority. I’m also going to make sure I take much greater advantage of LU’s beautiful hiking and cross-country ski trails while I’m still here on campus! :)”

Surviving gets you to the finish line, thriving makes you stronger for the next race.

Here is a mid-January sunset from last year, taken from Parking lot 4 (across from the Arts Building). I was walking to my car after class and was struck by the beauty. I will definitely be stopping to appreciate the moments more often as I enter my last semester.

Here is a mid-January sunset from last year, taken from Parking lot 4 (across from the Arts Building). I was walking to my car after class and was struck by the beauty. I will definitely be stopping to appreciate the moments more often as I enter my last semester.

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