Graduating? Get organized: A helpful guide for the graduating student

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While graduating is supposed to be one of the most exciting years of your university career, it can also add a lot of stress on top of an already hectic lifestyle.

Despite these stressful times, there are many ways that you can prepare for graduation and be sure to get your tassel without a lot of hassle. Firstly, it is important to make sure that you meet the graduation requirements for your specific degree. You should meet with your faculty advisor and ensure that you have all of the courses (and grades) that you need in order to complete your degree.

There is nothing worse than thinking you are going to graduate, only to be told you are short a credit or two. Your advisor can provide you with a tracking sheet in order to manage your courses and put you on the fast track to completion.

Secondly, you should start to think about what you’re going to do after graduation. Whether it’s another degree, a master’s program or straight out into the workforce, it is important to be aware of all your options and make decisions accordingly.

Many government programs are already taking resumes for September 2013, so don’t miss out on your chance. You should also be aware that most master programs have an application deadline of anywhere between January and March, so you may need to start the application process soon.

Another important tip to staying organized is to be aware of the important dates that will occur during the year. One of the most important dates is the deadline to apply to graduate. This must be done by March 31, 2013 in order to receive your diploma in May.

You should also be aware of grad pictures in regards to when and where they will be taking place. Oak Tree Photography will be doing the photos this year and students are encouraged to either book a sitting with them directly at their studio, or to take advantage of a time when they are coming to campus.

Oak Tree has already been on campus twice and will be here again on Nov. 13 and 14.

If you missed these opportunities, don’t fret, as they will be back periodically throughout the year. Keep an eye on your E-news for more information.

The Grad Class Executive has planned a number of events in order to try and make the final year a successful one. They host activities on the 13 of each month and encourage all graduating students to attend. Activities in November include Bring Your Own Banana for banana splits and the Grad Fair.

In December, the Grad Class will also be hosting a relaxing retreat, for stressed out students to come and enjoy some yoga, healthy snacks and just escape the pressures of exam time.

Be sure to check out the Grad Class table during the Grad Fair on Nov. 21 for more events. The Grad Fair is an excellent opportunity for grads to get information on everything they need to know.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Baird Cafeteria, students can get information from the registrar, Oak Tree, a new yearbook concept, the Associated Alumni, campus contribution transcripts and more. Running until 1:00 p.m., this is sure to be your one stop shop for everything grad related.

In the meantime, it is important to try and keep your cool during this stressful year and take advantage of the available resources. Be confident in knowing that the last four years have paid off and that you will soon be walking across the stage proudly with your degree.

If you have any questions about anything grad related, do not hesitate to contact the Grad Class Executive at unbgrad2013@gmail.com.

Emily is in her third-year of Political Science. She loves studying and academics which follows into her research work. She's an avid plant mom and a stern black coffee drinker. When she's not working or doing school work, you can find her listening to 70s music on vinyl and watching Parks and Recreation.