For many students, especially in a down economy, the last semester of college can produce anxiety and worry. That is too bad, because it can also be a fun time. Use the following three tips to make anxiety a smaller part of your final-semester experience:
1. Make Firm Plans. If you have a job lined up, your anxiety level will be much lower. Even if you do not have a job lined up, if other details are taken care of (e.g., post-college housing plans), you will have less to worry about. Know where (geographically) you will be living, what you will be doing, and, most importantly, what goals you will be striving to accomplish. In college, many of your plans are made for you by professors and others, but you can make your own plans for post-college life – and you need to do so.
2. Have a Long-Term Perspective. You can also reduce your college graduation anxiety by focusing on the long-term. College is fun, but it’s a small part of your life. Remember that you are just starting out on your adult life. Most of the great, enjoyable experience are ahead of you, and they are something to look forward to – not something to be anxious about.
3. Enjoy Your Last Semester. Don’t waste time on anxiety. If you spend four years earning your college degree, that last semester is one eighth of your experience (i.e., a large portion). Use it as a time to experience all the best that college has to offer. Take a class you have been dying to take. Do all the fun things in your college town that you have always meant to do.
These simple steps can turn your final semester from an anxiety-ridden chore to a pleasurable experience. Enjoy those final months, and get a good start on your future.