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Graduation Checklist

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Time is passing very quickly in these last weeks of the semester and this college year is almost over. For seniors, crunch time is now. Between finals, papers, presentations, and finishing up classes – there is a lot on our plates! Unfortunately, these things are not the only things you have to worry about before finishing up your college career. All schools are different, but my university has certain requirements that I am sure most other schools hold up to as well. Here are some last minute things to make sure to finish in order to graduate on time!

1. Apply

You have to APPLY to graduate. The school won’t automatically know if you are graduating or not until you put in an application. Your credits have to be checked and you will be notified if you pass initial examination. At this point in time, almost everyone should have already completed this step. You also have to apply for the graduation ceremony. You have to notify the school that you will be attending the ceremony and how you want your name spelled on your diploma.

Graduation Application Online Form

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2. Pay All Dues

Make sure you have no holds on your account. Check your financial status once again and even if you owe only $1.25, your account will be frozen and you will not be allowed to graduate until it is cleared.

Hands Up Everyone Pay Their Dues

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3. Loan Counseling

I am not sure if this is universal for each university, but we are required to complete “Exit Counseling” for our loans. We go online and learn how to responsibly deal with loans after graduation. This is another thing that can prevent you from graduating if not completed.

Student Graduate Debt Holding Piggy Bank

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4. Pass Your Classes

This may seem basic, but unfortunately it is very common for most courses to hold about 50% of a student’s final grade within the last couple of weeks of classes. Presentations, exams, papers are all weighed more heavily this time of year – so don’t take these assignments lightly! Do poorly on one, and your whole overall grade can suffer and could potentially set you back from passing.

Students In Classroom Group Sitting

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Although you need to take all of these things seriously, do not stress about them! Make sure they all get completed on time but also make sure you are enjoying your last couple of weeks at college. Make some lasting memories and have fun!

Good Luck Graduates!

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Mike’s New Year’s Resolutions

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For a lot of people, the new year represents a fresh start and clean slate to start the new year off right. As a college student, the new year is the sign of a fresh semester and the opportunity to take new classes and earn better grades. Sadly though for me, this new semester will also be my last semester, as I will be graduating from the University of Virginia in May. Although I certainly have no regrets (yet!), here are my top new year’s resolutions for making my last semester, my best semester.

1. Attend a UVa basketball game and sit in the student section

Although I’m embarrassed to admit, especially because I’m such an avid sports fan, I have never gone to a home UVa basketball game (unbelievable, right?). There’s certainly something special about college athletics compared to the pro game, and I crave that last opportunity to root for my alma mater. Plus, there’s nothing more fun than chanting “Hoo’s your daddy?” at the opposing players and coaches!

2. Cure myself of 4th Year apathy

Everybody knows that seniors, whether it be in high school or college, have a tendency to care less about school and more about having fun. While its certainly fun to be a 2nd semester senior, finishing out school on a high note will be a good boost when god forbid I enter the real world next fall. On the bright side, I’m taking all electives next semester which should certainly make this resolution easier to accomplish.

3. Streak the Lawn

Hey! It might be an archaic, nonsensical UVa tradition but it is a rite of passage for all 4-th years nonetheless. The route from the famed rotunda down toward the statue of Thomas Jefferson might be cold, and snowy but the reward is so worthwhile. What better time to engage in this distinctly UVa tradition then when I’ll be walking down this same route maybe a couple weeks later to finally graduate!

So there you have it, my three goals or resolutions for the upcoming spring semester. A perfect mix of pleasure and hard work should make these goals attainable, but hey, isn’t the best part about making new year’s resolutions is not completing them?

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