Graduation is less than three months away, but the semester’s work is nowhere near finished.
For seniors, the final semester may be easier than previous years simply because they’ve already made it through their more tedious courses. Often they don’t need to take as many hours as in previous years, and this extra free time allows students to better prepare for life after college, whether they’re applying for graduate programs, interviewing for jobs or internships or auditioning for theaters.
Extra time also allows students to spend more time with their friends and classmates. Seniors, this is your chance to cherish your last college months. Go to school functions like performances, sporting events and Midnight Breakfast. Spend your Stars Cash and use your student discounts while you can. Accept invitations to outings with your classmates, even if they take you out of your comfort zone. For some of you, this is your last chance to be a college student.
That being said, remember that the real world is waiting for you in May, so don’t do anything that will screw up your future.
Go to the bars with your friends, but don’t drive home drunk and get a DUI.
Stay up late watching movies with your roommates, but don’t sleep through the mandatory Spanish quiz you need to pass to get your foreign language credits.
Go on a spontaneous road trip with your buddies, but don’t spend all of your savings in the Vegas casinos.
“Senioritis” is a real problem for many who are graduating, but don’t let it take control of your work ethic. Stay on top of your deadlines and finish the semester strong. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself. Just remember to have fun and that college is about the work and the experiences.
Four years of hard work in the same environment can lead to collegiate cabin fever, and it’s easy to get burnt out grinding through gen eds for so many months in a row, but it is possible to properly prepare for the future while enjoying the rest of your time at OCU. It’s a social privilege that many who can’t attend college don’t get to experience.
For this reason, Stars who are about to go out into the big, bad world would be wise to make the best of their small, blue campus while they still can.