It’s weird to think how fast four years can move. If you’re a senior like me, you’re probably fearing for your life, scrambling to wrap up all you’ve been working for. You’ve also been searching the internet for anything you can call a job just because you don’t want to go back working at the job you had in high school. Or hopefully not, you could be prepared and have a full-time job lined up. Either way, you’ll be leaving our beloved university in no time and be learning how to function in the real world without dining halls, professors, and exams. This next month of school is definitely going to be stressful, but we’ll get through it, right?
Simple things like polishing your resume and getting in contact with professors and mentors –things that you had always intended to do prior to graduating– are quickly adding up. Soon you’ll be feeling like you have a million things on your plate and your worst nightmare will include your roommate reminding you of the one critical responsibility you forgot to do the morning of graduation.
So here are some easy things you might forget to do that you definitely have to do before you’re sitting at High Point Solutions Stadium with all your friends listening to President Obama’s commencement speech.
First things first, you have to go to your advisor one last time. Even if you went a month ago, go again. Make sure you have enough credits to graduate AND that you have met every single requirement for your chosen major. You don’t want to be ready to walk at graduation to then find out you haven’t met the requirements to graduate.
You should also check and make sure all of your financial balance is paid off. This means paying back the library for that book you said got stolen, but in reality is sitting in your room right now. Once you clear those holds, if you have student loans like most of us, you must complete exit counseling to learn about what your obligations and rights are surrounding your student loans.
Register for your diploma. You can register your diploma application through this link. You need to do this to let Rutgers know you plan on attending graduation. It’s also a way for Rutgers to make sure they spell your name right on the degree you’ve worked so hard for.
If you plan on attending Commencement and have family or friends who plan on going, definitely register for parking. Since it’s after April 18th, a parking pass costs five dollars. You can register for parking here. And don’t be bummed if you don’t get parking on Busch, there are shuttles from each campus that bring you right to the stadium.
Graduation is a moment to remember. It’s a time to celebrate all the hard work you’ve put in these last four years and move on to bigger and better things. So be prepared, be happy, reminisce, hug, cry, laugh, and celebrate. This is your last farewell to this beloved institution we all call home, so cherish it dearly.