With so many tutorials, tips, and guides on how to survive college for the freshmen…what about those who are approaching their final years? Well, sure, they’ve been at it this long, you’d figure they’d have it down pat by now. But, upper-class is very different from the underclass. Freshman and sophomore year, students are wide-eyed and bushy-tailed…about everything. Their everywhere! At every event, every party, every organization’s meeting, all the cafes…their ready for anything. At some point between sophomore and junior year we get tired, we’ve “seen it all, done it all”, been to every house party, had enough lectures that would seem to last a lifetime, experienced 3 or 4 chaotic finals crisis, and also probably turned 21 J or quickly approaching it. That 21 year milestone is one that separates us. We’re a bit better, more experienced, not easily amused, a bit more sophisticated…or so we think.
As a senior myself, here are some tips for the oldies to survive their final semesters of undergrad!
- Go to as many events as possible
I think it’s a great idea to relive the young years. As soon to be graduates, we’ve turned our nose up at things we used to be so giddy over. Go to the football games. If you’ve never been to the hockey game, go. What about the gymnastics team, did you know your school even had one, go to one of their meets. Go tailgating. Do some things that you hadn’t had the chance to do.
- Get gear
Stock up on some merchandise with your school’s mascot plastered right on the front. What better way to show school spirit? Buy a license plate tag, a window decal, a blanket, a few hoodies and sweat pants, heck…even a baby onesie for your niece or nephew. Remember being in the store and seeing that $29.99 price tag for a shirt…A SHIRT?! Well, now’s the time to go get it. The best thing is, after years have passed and you come up on your class reunion, come in town for homecoming, or simply want to turn heads while out and about while showing school pride, that shirt is worth it.
- Be spontaneous
Run for homecoming king or queen. Grab your friends and spend the weekend in the next city over. Host a party at your apartment. So what if it’s a school night, go to the bar pull an all-nighter and grab a red bull on the way to your class the next morning. Paint your face the school’s colors for one of the games. Streak the football field…. Ok maybe not that one, but you get the idea. Start a YouTube channel about your journey to that stage! Start a band or singing group, start a small business. Become the on campus go-to for haircuts and styles. Make memories that will last until you see your classmates again at the reunion.
- Be social
There’s nothing worse than leaving college with no memories, no experiences, and no friends… I mean, what was college for (other than to earn a $40,000+ degree)? Sit next to someone in class, start a conversation, invite someone to a party. Join an organization, chances are your school has thousands of them; whether social or business or both. Don’t go directly home after each class, stick around, and go to the student union; see who’s there. Gossip, text, talk, chat, stay in the know, who’s dating who and whatnot. You may think you’re above it all, but with drama eliminated, it’ll keep you entertained and laughing up until you walk across the stage
If you weren’t an adult before, once you graduate you definitely will be one. Responsibilities and bills will hit you…HARD! Live it up. Be a little selfish, buy a new outfit for that party on Saturday. Become a bartender at your favorite bar. Go bungee jumping… maybe too extreme, but again, you get the point. The options are endless. Don’t let these last few classes get you down in the dumps while adulthood creeps up on you. Take pride in your seniority!
Hope these few tips help keep the upperclassmen world-wide uplifted in spirit and motivated this year! Good luck in school and may your GPA be forever in your favor!