Staying on track for graduation

January 24, 2014

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Graduation Ceremony

As you work through your spring term courses, take a moment to review your degree evaluation and see how far you have to go - it may be less than you think! Getting down to the last few courses in your program is very exciting, but can also be intimidating once your thoughts turn to the future. However, there are several things that you can do to make completing your degree a little more manageable.

First, review your degree evaluation and note the courses you have remaining. Check the course offerings rotation so if a course is not offered every term you can plan accordingly. In addition, some courses must be taken in order, such as the math general education courses. Pay attention to prerequisites and take them as soon as possible. All this can help reduce your stress level as you near the end of your program.

Next, contact your advisor, especially if you are within 30 undergraduate or nine graduate credits of graduation. Your advisor will review the graduation requirements and your degree progress with you. - These can be tricky, so be sure to ask about anything that seems confusing. Scheduling a 15-30 minute phone call with your advisor could mean the difference between graduating and having to take an extra term if you have missed a course somewhere along the way.

Third, start looking forward. Whether you are looking for your first job or to progress in your field, career fairs are a great way to find new opportunities. The university holds career fairs multiple times each year for all students—both on-campus and distance, employed or unemployed. If you can’t make it to campus, a career fair in your area would be a great way to start getting a feel for what’s out there. If you’ve done an internship as part of your degree, the organization where you interned may be a good resource as well.

Fourth, get pumped! Completing your degree is a huge accomplishment and you deserve to be excited about finishing. Whether you’re on track to finish this semester or a year from now, it’s something to look forward to.

Good luck, future graduate. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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