Navigating Senior Year
Senior year flies by in a flash. With one eye focused on post-graduation plans and the other on coursework and co-curricular activities, seniors can feel overwhelmed and exhausted at times.
And yet, there is excitement and energy that comes during the capstone year. Having achieved the role of campus leader, a student feels confident as well as competent.
As a parent, your role is changing. Once instrumental in your student's early school years, you've taken a back seat during his/her college tenure.
For many parents, there is pride in knowing their student's professional, travel and leadership experiences may equal or surpass their own. Three years of hard work have paid off. But there is still much to be done.
To get the year started off right, your student should:
- Meet with his/her academic advisor to review coursework, graduation requirements and post-graduation plans.
- Regularly visit Career Services and utilize its online resources.
- Obtain information about graduate/professional schools, including required entrance exams, admission requirements and deadlines.
- Take appropriate graduate entrance exams in September or October.
- Network with career and graduate school professionals via face-to-face, social media, phone calls and emails.
- Solicit letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, internship supervisors and more.
- Utilize a calendar to create an action plan timetable to record important dates for Career Services events, graduate school admission deadlines and more. It is also helpful to add weekly or monthly actions steps and goals in order to stay on track.
These steps are the first of many in a progression of career-focused initiatives that will help your student succeed.
Seniors should attend on-campus recruiting, career/graduate school fairs and other campus events.