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How to Start Planning for College Graduation Now

When you’re in college, graduation can seem far in the future. But there’s a saying that goes, “the days are long, but the years are short.” This sentiment rings particularly true for your time in college. That’s why you should start planning for graduation even in your first year of college by selecting each course with the end in mind. But how do you prepare for graduation when you still have years left of school? Here’s what you can do:

  • Choose the right major. Pick a major that aligns with your interests and career goals. Be sure it is something you can see yourself enjoying in the future. If you’re questioning whether it’s the right major, talk with your academic advisor and explore other options. They can help you find the right fit.
  • Stay on track with your coursework. Attend all your classes (even if attendance isn’t required), complete your assignments on time, and study regularly. Keep track of your GPA to make sure you’re meeting the minimum requirements to graduate.
  • Use available resources. Most colleges offer tutoring services, study groups, and writing centers. If you need support in your coursework, these resources can be extremely helpful.
  • Be organized. Get a planner and use it. Keep track of important deadlines and major test dates and block out time for studying and completing assignments. Having a plan in place for coursework and deadlines will help you manage your time more efficiently—which could mean more free time as well.
  • Be aware of graduation requirements. Don’t let last-minute unfulfilled requirements sneak up on you. In addition to completing all required courses and meeting GPA and credit requirements, you may also need to complete an internship or participate in a research project. Talk with your academic advisor if you have questions about your progress.
  • Apply for graduation. Did you know that you’ll have to apply for graduation by a specific date? This will ensure you’ve completed everything required for your college major and officially recognize you as a college graduate.

Graduating from college is an amazing accomplishment because it takes hard work and dedication, starting on day one. Take advantage of opportunities that will help you gain practical experience and build a professional network. Most importantly, work through each day with the end in mind—knowing that every course you take and every skill you develop helps prepare you for a fulfilling career and life beyond school.

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