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As May approaches, graduating seniors are growing increasingly nostalgic, trying to tie up any loose ends they’ve have left at ISU. During such an emotionally charged time, it is easy to lose track of time and forget important details that are crucial for the big graduation day.

1. Have your resume checked at the career center

This is the easiest way to make sure your resume is airtight and professional as can be before you begin post-graduation job searching. The career center offers walk-in resume checks, so long as you bring in a hard copy, no flash drives or computer screens. So you really have no excuse not to take advantage of this campus resource.

2. Don’t sluff off on your final set of finals

Take advantage of this last opportunity to show your smarts. Unless you’re going on to graduate school or plan to teach, this could be your last time in a formal academic setting. After a lifetime of stressing over tests and nightmarish group project assignments, no more school might sound like the best thing in the world, but you’re going to miss exercising your brain everyday. Go out on top and keep that GPA as high as its been throughout your whole college career. You owe it to yourself.

3. Start packing early

Packing always seems like it’s going to be a cinch. All you gotta do is throw your clothes into garbage bags, dump all your other stuff into boxes, and you’re good to go, right? Wrong. If you don’t have a game plan or organize yourself before move-out day, you’re going to be drowning in your belongings, cursing yourself for buying all those knick-knacks.

4. Say your proper goodbyes

As hard as it is to admit, graduating doesn’t just mean leaving ISU; it means leaving behind friends and influential professors. Sure you can visit, and Facebook will always be an awesome resource for keeping in touch, but it’s important to let those who shaped you know how important they are (corny as that may sound). Take a few nights next week to watch movies with your friends before you go your separate ways in May. Stop by your professors’ offices to thank them for all that they’ve done to help you during your time at ISU.

5. Appreciate who you have become

I dare any graduating senior to say they don’t feel almost completely different from when they arrived as a freshman. We grow enormously while in college, both intellectually and emotionally. Maybe you haven’t landed your dream job yet and perhaps you haven’t found the love of your life, you’re definitely a more confident and able adult. That’s not something to take lightly. Remember how far you’ve come and how much you have to offer when you go out looking for jobs this summer.

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