The time has finally come. After four years (or in some cases five or more) of homework, exams, and textbooks, the time has come for you to enter into the next stage of life: the real world. It is an exciting time, but it also can be overwhelming if you don’t plan correctly. The choices you make now will have an immediate impact on how your post-college life begins in the next few months.
One of the first things to deal with is the event that seals the deal. Graduation is the time that most family members look forward to. After seeing their loved one go off to school and supporting them along the way, they want to see the final fruits of it all. This event is very important, so you want to make sure that you direct your family without a hitch if you can.
First thing to do is to check on your school’s graduation guidelines. More than likely, you’ll have some forms to fill out. Make sure that you follow the directions carefully and that you hand in the necessary materials on time. It would be a shame to not be able to participate in the ceremony just because you didn’t turn in a form.
Make sure that you let your family know the date as soon as possible. More than likely more details will be released about the specifics of the ceremony down the road, but the date should already be set in stone. This will allow people that need to travel to make the necessary arrangements, and it will allow people more time to buy you gifts!
You want to check about the number of tickets you can get for the ceremony as well. Some places might say you can bring however many you want, but most will only allow a certain amount. If you can only bring four people, make sure that they are people that contributed to your college career. Parents, uncles, family friends are cool. Just don’t snub someone important for your dinner buddy or the guy you play cards with.
This would also be a good time to start saving money. Graduating is expensive. Just purchasing the robe in enough in itself. But you may want a class ring, or graduation pictures. There will probably be a school sponsored trip that you may want to go on. Countless parties and events that will all cost money. If you want to enjoy all of that, try to have some extra duckets in your wallet.
Finally, remember that the reason why you’ll graduate is because you did well in your classes. You still have to finish your last semester! Be sure to give that final push to do your best. Talk to advisors for you major to make sure that you are on track with coursework. This will be the last go round, so make it your best!